Palm Beach County Attorney: We shouldn’t appeal loss on cities paying for Inspector General

 

Nieman

Nieman

Palm Beach County should not appeal to the Florida Supreme Court its setback in its Inspector General OIGlawsuit with area cities, County Attorney Denise Nieman told county commissioners Wednesday night.

“Just because an appeal will not be filed does not mean that this matter is closed,” Nieman said in the email. “Staff will be meeting in the near future to discuss a number of possibilities available for your consideration.”

In November 2010, voters approved creating the Office of Inspector General and requiring cities help pay for it. Fifteen cities sued, arguing the county could not force them to pay. The county won the first legal battle. But the cities appealed, and on Dec. 21, the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled for the cities.

Nieman said she worried that, in an appeal, the Supreme Court could hand down “an unfavorable ruling that could have a negative statewide impact.” She said the county’s efforts “are better spent reviewing all options available to us in light of the (appellate) Court’s opinion, including, but not limited to, service contracts with the municipalities.”

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