West Palm Beach and its partners in obstinacy have proposed another truce of sorts in their battle to weaken Palm Beach County’s government watchdog agency. But the details reveal that it’s no better than previous ones. Predictably, this latest settlement offer would do little besides undermine the agency.
The Office of Inspector General has been in West Palm Beach’s sights ever since the agency’s jurisdiction was expanded in 2010 by voters to include the county’s 38 cities. A year later, West Palm Beach led 15 cities in refusing to pay their share of the inspector general’s budget, alleging in a lawsuit that requiring them to pay violates the state constitution.
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