The Miami Beach City Commission unanimously passed a Tax Equity Ordinance becoming, the fourth city behind West Palm Beach, Hallandale Beach and Bay Harbor Island to pass any such legislation.
The ordinance will reimburse City employees who are in domestic partnerships and are being taxed on the payments they make on their health insurance benefits.
C.J. Ortuno, executive director for SAVE Dade, hailed the May 9 passage as a step in the right direction to providing the LGBT community the equal rights it deserves.
“Following a long tradition of Miami Beach’s support of LGBT equality, the Mayor and Commission have once again taken a bold step to ensure that all of their employees are treated equally and provided for,” Ortuno told SFGN. “Miami Beach is providing its people what the state and federal government has failed to.”
The ordinance, sponsored by Commissioner Michael Gongora, will take effect immediately thanks to an amendment submitted by Commissioner Jerry Libbin. Without Libbin’s provision, the ordinance would have come into effect the next fiscal year.
The final ordinance goes up for second reading and final passage on June 8. Ryan Dixon