Another year, another push by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office to consume more tax dollars. These perennial requests for more money have become so regular that they are hardly worth remarking upon, but perhaps during this year’s budgeting sessions county commissioners — who last year gave the sheriff an extra $20 million – will come armed with a healthy dose of skepticism. It bears repeating that as the sheriff’s office grows, other important county government services get crowded out.
After years of recession and anemic growth, the county government is expected to take in about $50 million in new revenue next year. But if Sheriff Ric Bradshaw gets his way, his half-billion-dollar agency will eat up most of that money.