Regarding the controversy over Palm Beach County’s Office of the Inspector General, from the start the will of the people was thwarted. First by a county computer system that couldn’t accommodate charging vendors for their payments. Technology can put a man on the moon, but the county administrator claims that it would take a half-million dollars to make a bookkeeping change. Then 15, now 14 cities brought a lawsuit, claiming that the office imposed an unfair tax.
Now it comes out that those cities are willing to drop the suit if the OIG would be restricted from conducting audits — the most obvious way to tie her hands, and to keep their dealings under cover. Now the inspector general is faulted for not bringing in the kind of money that was anticipated. How could she, with just half the funding that office needs and half the staff?
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