West Palm Beach approves domestic partnership measure, final vote needed to pass

The City of West Palm Beach has approved a measure that would provide a tax reimbursement for city employees in domestic partnerships.

The new city ordinance would provide funds to domestic partners to compensate them for the federal tax dollars they have to pay for health benefits, according to a press release. 

West Palm Beach is the second city in Florida -- after Hallandale Beach -- to offer the benefit.

Currently, the partners of 16 city employees receive health insurance benefits through the city's health insurance plan. Since they are not legally married, the cost of the coverage is taxed as income. A city spokesperson said the benefit, if passed, would cost the City about $17,600 annually. 

A final vote on the measure will take place in two weeks.

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