County Commission Final Vote on Ethics Ordinance – 7 for/0 against
Update!!!!!!!!!! History was made this morning when the Board of County Commissioners voted for the IG, Ethics Commission and Ethics ordinances as amended (below). There were a few wrinkles when Commissioner Santamaria had an issue with the firing wording, Commissioner Aaronson had issues with treating non-profits/charities like everyone else and Commissioner Taylor had an issue with the IG’s ability to investigate – even without ’cause’. So what we thought was going to be a quick vote ended up taking about 2 hours! Several members of the South Florida 912 Project were present and the following members spoke in support of the ordinances: Dennis Lipp, Shannon Armstrong, Jason Shields, Iris Scheibl, Fred Scheibl, Michele Kirk. Despite all of the discussion – it was agreed that this was an historic day for Palm Beach County and that the ordinances should be approved.
Thanks to everyone for taking a stand and playing a part in making this happen. They know we’re watching them now. And key for us is that this is just the first step. WE MUST KEEP ON WATCHING THEM!
Come out and see history being made. The Palm Beach County Commission is expected to vote on the amended Ethics Ordinances which provide for a truly independent Inspector General during the 12/15/09 public meeting. Thanks to work by 9-12 Project Members and others, the Commission has accepted changes that simplify budgeting and require the concurrance of the Ethics Commission to remove an Inspector General.
Here are the 12/15 versions of the ordinances that will be voted on, including summaries of the changes:
The following will be read into the record on Tuesday 12/15 in order to resolve an issue with independence in IG funding:
As we discussed, the attachment to the IG Ordinance agenda item shows the revisions responsive to the BCC’s direction at the 12/1 meeting. There have been suggested changes since that time which Lenny will read into the record for BCC consideration. The change that you called about is on Lenny’s “read” list. Staff proposes to revise Section 2. B. (4), which can be found on page 3 of the IG Ordinance starting at line 27, as follows (emphasis added):
(4) The costs of reviews, audits, inspections and investigations by the Inspector General shall be defrayed in part by imposition of a fee which shall be equal to one quarter of one percent (0.25%) of the contract price, as may be adjusted as necessary (hereinafter “IG contract fee”)….”