Ordinance approved to help ease pain of divorce

October 7, 2008 4:29:14 AM PDT
City council members are going against the mayor and approving an ordinance that would prevent the city from collecting real estate transfer taxes when properties change hands in a divorce. The city council's finance committee unanimously passed the measure. It now heads to the full council.

Committee members ignored a plea from the city's revenue department to reject the proposal because of the budget crisis.

The practice raises more than $1.5 million a year.

Aldermen say it's unfair to people who are already dealing with the pain of divorce.