By Tim Pallesen
Delray Beach has dropped out of a lawsuit to determine how cities pay for the county Inspector General’s Office.
“The Inspector General has been instrumental in helping us focus on best practices,” Mayor Cary Glickstein said in explaining the city commission’s unanimous April 6 vote. “This sends a signal that we appreciate what they have done for us.”
The Inspector General has acted like an external auditor for the city since Glickstein and Commissioner Shelly Petrolia were elected in 2013 promising more fiscal responsibility in city government.
The lawsuit by Delray Beach and 13 other municipalities was filed after county voters approved the Inspector General’s Office as a watchdog agency in 2010.
Delray Beach would pay $150,000 annually under the disputed funding formula. City commissioners said the watchdog agency is well worth that cost.The 13 remaining municipalities still appealing a March 12 circuit court ruling against the cities include Boca Raton, Gulf Stream, Highland Beach, Manalapan and Ocean Ridge.