Boynton Beach City Commissioners Should be Ashamed of Themselves
Too many cities in Palm Beach County are their own little swamps, and that can’t be allowed to continue.
Yesterday my colleague Tracy Caruso wrote about how the Boynton Beach City Commission decided they could self-deal themselves anything they wanted and screw the voters.
It reminds me of what Scott Singer and his cronies tried to do in Boca Raton when they voted to put extensions of their terms on the ballot. The people of Boca Raton had to spend the money to hold an election for that single question. A measure that benefited them and them only. They figured in a low-turnout election, their friends with political action committees financed by developers and their business supporters would overpower the regular citizens of Boca Raton.
The swamp creatures underestimated the people of Boca Raton and their tolerance for corrupt self-dealing and crushed the swamp rats by almost 20 points.
The only legitimate mechanism for City Commissioners in Boynton Beach to get a raise is to have the residents of Boynton vote on it.
So they want to give themselves outrageous expense accounts and pretend it isn’t a pay increase.
Given that the salaries are currently $23,000 a year and the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024 would give each city commissioner about $36,000 more per year, the upset over this is understandable. For the first time, the proposed budget would provide city commissioners a $51,000 car allowance, an office stipend of about $71,000 a year, and a clothing allowance of $17,500 a year – all of which they would split five ways.
To sum that up, the commissioners earn $23,000 a year and want to give themselves $36,000 in cash and call it expenses.
Pay attention because, short of the Biden Administration, you’ll rarely see blatant out-in-the-open corruption like the Boynton Beach Commissioners are showing you. Although Scott Singer of Boca Raton still has a few more years in office, so who knows?
Maybe it’s the leftover hubris from COVID and the taste of dictatorial powers these wee politicians had that is causing so much rot in the municipalities, or the lack of press coverage that’s causing this arrogance and disregard for voter intent, or maybe it’s just the usual batch of slimy politicians who will try and get away with whatever they can.
It’s probably all three.
To be clear, one can debate whether the commissioners deserve more money or not, but what is not open to debate is that voting themselves huge expense accounts is corruption specifically engineered to deny the will of the people, and that cannot be tolerated.
Any Boynton Beach Commissioner who votes to force this crap sandwich down the throats of the people of Boynton Beach should be considered unfit to ever hold elected office again.
If any of our readers are aware of corruption or self-dealing in Palm Beach County, whether it’s being committed by a Republican or a Democrat, please, email us at [email protected] Your identity will be held in the strictest of confidences, and we will investigate it.
We, The People, are all that stand between a corrupt dictatorial administrative and political class.
All the contact information for the Boyton commissioners is at this link: Official Contact Information For Boynton City Commissioners
Call them, email them, tweet at them, and post this column on your Facebook page. Make your voice heard.
Freedom starts right here at home.
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