The City of Cleveland has capped its new domestic partner benefits at $100,000 or 15 workers, gay bi-weekly The Gay People's Chronicle reported.

The city's 19-member council overwhelmingly approved domestic partner benefits for its employees on July 20, recognizing for the first time its own domestic partner registry, which came online in 2009.

A last-minute compromise cut off city workers who had not entered into a domestic partnership before May 1. Couples added after the deadline will pay roughly $8,000 a year.

Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman sponsored the legislation.

Rob Rivera, president of the Cleveland Stonewall Democrats, said cost weighed heavily in the compromise.

“My understanding is that the concerns of the administration and some on the council were financial in the face of budget cuts from Governor [John] Kasich's administration,” Rivera told the paper. “The most important thing for now to focus on, is they got it through with only one 'no' vote, and we and others plans to continue to meet with council members and the administration to get this expanded at the earliest possibility to all employees.”

“I am confident we can do that,” he asserted.

(Related: Cleveland to pay nearly half million dollars to settle 2014 Gay Games lawsuit.)