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(BPRW) Vice Mayor Mike Gelin fights for Prosperity for All, Mayor Gomez Opposes

TAMARAC, Fla. – The demographics of the City of Tamarac has transformed significantly more than the very last 10 yrs with equally the African American and Hispanic population nearly doubling.  Vice Mayor Gelin would like to ensure a position for all inhabitants previous and new.  He also would like to assure good and equitable purchasing tactics by the town.  On Wednesday, February 23rd, Vice Mayor Mike Gelin, proposed a disparity review to determine if inequities exist in public procurement and contracting that adversely have an effect on disadvantaged enterprises, minorities and/or females owned organizations. Based mostly on an inside research asked for by the Vice Mayor, the Town of Tamarac spends between $28-$33 million yearly with all contractors.  Of that complete, .54% was expended with Black owned enterprises in 2020 and 2% in 2021.  The numbers declined for Hispanic owned organizations going from 6% in 2020 to beneath 5% in 2021.  For girl owned organizations the numbers declined as effectively, likely from 9.3% in 2020 to 5.6% in 2021. 

Dependent on this information and conversations with minority suppliers, Vice Mayor Gelin proposed a disparity research to establish current disparities, get rid of boundaries to entry for minority and woman owned organizations, in purchase to foster and stimulate competition therefore decreasing tax bucks expended. 

Vice Mayor Gelin cited studies from major international companies, these types of as Citibank and McKinsey, demonstrating that the complete economic system advantages when black organizations and other minority corporations prosper.  In accordance to Citibank, “If racial prosperity gaps ended up closed currently, $5 trillion could likely be extra to the US GDP around the following 5 decades. 

Vice Mayor Gelin was upset that Mayor Michelle Gomez, Commissioner Debra Placko, and Commissioner Elvin Villalobos voted towards a disparity study, which would have been the initially of lots of ways to improve the lives of minority company homeowners and the overall overall economy.  The movement failed 2-3 with the only two black elected officers voting in favor of the research with

Commissioner Marlon Bolton joining Vice Mayor Gelin.  Towns in Florida that have done disparity reports include the Town of Miramar, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tallahassee, and other organizations such as the College Board of Broward County, Miami Dade Public University, and Palm Seaside County.



2021 Expend


 $       624,222.39



 $     1,647,835.74


Female Owned

 $     1,924,307.82



 $       246,486.06



 $       362,000.23



 $         84,604.67


Full Shell out 2021

 $   28,745,584.02



2020 Shell out


 $       182,692.65



 $     2,056,042.60


Girl Owned

 $     3,158,585.84



 $         72,805.47



 $     2,837,785.38



 $         95,840.88


Overall Devote 2020

 $   33,825,276.30



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