Palm Beach County Commissioners are close to approving their 2013-2014 budget proposal and it continues a trend of tax revenue generation which runs well above inflation figures. Palm Beach County runs tie with Orange County, California for second in the nation for per capita tax revenue generation - the highest is Sacrameto County, California according to http://www.govistics.com/. County Commissioners voted to move forward with their budget proposal at their meeting on Monday, September 9, 2013. Also, during the Commissioner's Tuesday, September 10, 2013 board meeting, they chose to give a couple hundred thousand dollars to a billion dollar corporation in corporate welfare - the name of the corporation has been kept private and not revealed. The county commission has proven itself to be a virtual ATM for multi-billion dollar corporations seeking handouts.
The budget, expected to be passed later this month, includes such perks as a dramatic increase in commissioner's staff salaries, a dramatic increase in road resurfacing, $30 million more for Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, a raise for the county administrator to nearly $260,000 and many other increases to spending of taxpayer money. Commissioner staffing salaries will trend up well past the average per capita income of Palm Beachers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average Palm Beach County resident makes just under $40,000 per year; the average Palm Beach County Commission assistant's salary will range from $71,321-$126,054 per year should the budget pass in tact, which is highly likely.
According to the Palm Beach County Taxpayer Action Board (PBCTAB), the new budget will be an increase for residents to the tune of $23 million. PBCTAB acts as a watchdog to the county commission with a strong focus on the county budget. Next year the the group plans to change its focus from millage rates to actual tax dollars being spent in an effort to better communicate the need for spending reductions while seeking a more efficient county government.
The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County has long been an advocate for the county government to trim its expenses by privatizing much of its operations which has worked successfully in other areas. The local party has also advocated in the past the largest part of the county budget, the sheriff's office, could be dramatically trimmed if it focused on crimes where there is an actual victim. A large amount of sheriff resources could be better utilized if the sheriff changed his priorities away from victimless 'crime'.