Palm Beach County will spend $1.7 million to purchase two fire rescue stations owned by the Village of Royal Palm Beach.
County commissioners approved an agreement to purchase the stations when they met on Tuesday.
The county, which provides fire rescue service to the village, rents the buildings for $225,000 per year and determined that it would be less expensive to purchase the stations rather than continue renting them.
What impact will the planned Westlake development, formerly called Minto West, have on the surrounding area? Commissioners will get a report at their regular meeting Tuesday.
Also on the agenda:
Pets: Set to take the first of two votes on tough new rules for pet stores that the head of the county’s Animal Care and Control says are designed to reduce the flow of animals from so-called “puppy mills.”
Vehicles for Hire: Set to take the first of two votes on new “reciprocity” rules for taxis, limos, and app-based rides such as Uber, for five southeast Florida counties.
PBIA: Would approve the replacement of a bookstore at Palm Beach International Airport with a “gourmet market.”
Fire Stations: Would agree to buy the property where it operates two fire-rescue stations for the Village of Royal Palm Beach, saying it was cheaper in the long run than leasing.
Water truck: Expected to approve $300,00, to match a federal grant, for a $600,000 high-pressure water truck for Palm Beach International Airport, to clean up debris, spills and other materials from runways and ramps. The county previously had hired contractors but staff said having its own truck was more cost-effective.
Earlier this week, the Palm Beach Post reported that the county’s Fire Rescue department is one of three government agencies proposing two sales tax referendums that, if passed, would bump the county’s sales-tax rate from 6 percent to 8 percent — the highest in Florida.
One group supporting the increase says even a one-penny jump would raise more than $200 million a year for Fire Rescue, while cutting the burden on property owners.
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