Two town officials and a town resident were among the voices urging Palm Beach County Commissioners on Monday to control spending and keep a lid on property taxes.
Mayor Gail Coniglio encouraged commissioners at a county budget workshop to follow the example set by the town, which she said has protected services to residents while avoiding a tax hike despite plunging property values and revenue.
“The budget process demands tough decisions on every level,” Coniglio said. “Prudent fiscal practices must begin here. Several years of large tax increases cannot go forward. No new taxes.”
The example from the top…
(Town Commissioner) Kleid suggested that commissioners hike user fees and challenge their administrative directors to find savings in their respective departments, as the town has done.
“You’re allowing the staff to set your priorities,” he told commissioners.