Palm Beach County administrators, so often at odds with Sheriff Ric Bradshaw during budget season, have reached a tentative truce this year. Pending approval by county commissioners, the sheriff will receive $20 million more, and homeowners will be hit with a slightly higher tax rate to cover it.
But this truce was not made without trepidation. Last month, County Administrator Bob Weisman warned commissioners that “the sheriff’s budget is increasing about twice the annual rate that the county budget is increasing.” If this continues, he said, other core county government services (think: parks, the Palm Tran bus system, affordable housing initiatives and beach restoration) will be crowded out.
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