Palm Beach County Inspector General audit critical of Loxahatchee Groves

OIGLoxahatchee Groves’ contract with its town manager “did not align with the town charter and creates risks for the town,” the Palm Beach County Inspector General said Friday in an audit report that said it found more than $200,000 in questioned costs, and identified “deficiencies and compliance issues.”

The town, which turns 10 next month, contracts out all government services to a private firm.

The Inspector General’s audit,which covered budget years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015, identified problems with contractor monitoring, overseeing the contract of Town Manager William Underwood, purchasing and credit card use, payment processing, and asset management.

Town Manager Bill Underwood did tell Inspector General John Carey, in a letter dated Tuesday, and included with the audit, that Carey’s office doesn’t understand well the concept of contracted municipal services. He said Carey’s report “cherry picks” selected documents.

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