By Jane Smith
Boynton Beach will have a second person review police payroll reimbursement requests for manatee protection after the county Office of Inspector General pointed out documentation problems.
The OIG report, released on Dec. 21, states that the city and county “have generally adequate controls” over agreed-upon reimbursement requests.
But when the OIG tested 29 city reimbursement requests in a six-year period, it found 15 of 29, or 52%, did not include official payroll records to support the hours worked by
Boynton Beach police officers, as required by the agreement.
The county approved the payments.
After the problem was noted, Boynton Beach did supply the payroll records needed for documentation.
“Going forward, the reimbursement requests will be reviewed by a secondary reviewer to ensure that all paperwork required for submittal is attached,” City Manager Lori LaVerriere wrote in her Dec. 15 response.
Boynton Beach police provide an increased law enforcement presence on the Intracoastal Waterway during manatee season, Nov. 15 through March 31.
The county agreed to pay a specified rate per hour for each officer for on-water enforcement activity and approved court proceedings, according to the agreement. The annual amount is set by the County Commission at the start of each financial year on Oct. 1.