Board of County Commissioners passes legislation requiring social equity statements on all new ordinances
Miami, FL— The Board of County Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that requires a written social equity statement for all new ordinances presented to the board. The impact statements will be included on County Commission agendas and be available for public review. The ordinance was presented to the Commission by the Chairman’s Council for Prosperity Initiatives: Chairman Jean Monestime and Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava and Barbara Jordan. Commissioner Audrey Edmonson also sponsored the ordinance.
“This is certainly a step in the right direction in addressing social inequities and the income gap in Miami-Dade. Currently, the Administration must include a fiscal impact statement with all ordinances presented to the Board. It is a logical next step that we provide a social equity statement that studies the monetary and non-monetary effects of a policy on the community. The Board votes on issues that affect our residents in a variety of ways and it is our responsibility to understand and make public how our vote impacts the community’s well-being and quality of life. Now, we can make more informed votes and encourage more debate and input from the public,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.
The statements will study the effect an ordinance may have in several areas, such as housing affordability, employment opportunities, wages and cost of living. Social equity statements will report on the benefits and burdens placed upon different areas of the county, demographic groups and income levels. The Mayor or his designee will be tasked with putting the study together and presenting it to the Board.
The Chairman’s Council on Prosperity Initiatives is made up of the ordinance’s three Co-Prime Sponsors and meets monthly to explore legislation and projects that address income inequality and economic challenges faced by many in our community.