Our inspector general may be losing the battle with Corruption County!
How long do the residents of Palm Beach County have to wait for the 14 rebellious cities to join the 24 cities and 75 percent of the voters to bring us a completely functional inspector general?
While these cities’ lawsuit, led by West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, stagnates in the courts, the monies allocated to fund the inspector general sit in the clerk’s office.
The inspector general’s office was to have jurisdiction over county government; then 38 cities were included, as well has the county’s healthcare district and children’s services council.
Things were going to happen and maybe Palm Beach County would lose the title “Corruption County.” Muoio and 13 cities then decided that they did not like the method of paying for the inspector general, which is for the contractors that do businesses with the county pay a fee of one quarter of 1 percent to fund the inspector general. This is the same system Miami-Dade has used for over 15 years, with great success.
Now things may be really going in the wrong direction. The Palm Beach Post recently wrote, “The healthcare district dropped its contract with the inspector general, inventing reasons to do so.” The Palm Beach Post also reported that Angeleta Gray, a Delray Beach city commissioner, rejected to put their trash contract out for bid despite the inspector general’s recommendation.
It is time for the residents of Palm Beach County, the 14 rogue cities, and Mayor Muoio to do what their constituents voted for — an independent and fully funded inspector general.
Morley Alperstein, Wellington