Vana questions money to lure business to Bocaby Jennifer Sorentrue | September 11th, 2013
Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana on Tuesday questioned her counterparts on the seven-member board for agreeing to set aside $200,000 to lure a business to Boca Raton, but refusing to spend $120,000 to provide after school programs at-risk teens in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach.
All three cities are involved in a lawsuit filed against the county challenging payments for the three-year-old inspector general’s office.
“We had the sacrificial victim of the children last night,” Vana said at Tuesday’s meeting. “If we really are upset with the cities we should determine what is the correct way to punish them.”
On Monday, at the first of two budget hearings, a majority of commissioners said they would not set aside $120,000 to fund youth empowerment centers in West Palm Beach and Riviera Beach because the cities were involved in the suit.
But Tuesday, the commission agreed to conceptually approve a job growth incentive grant of $200,000 for a company that would create 86 full-time jobs by moving its South Florida operations to Boca Raton. The county has not released the name of the company.
Boca Raton is also involved in the suit.