07/04/2007

Fla.town might do without deputies; Sheriff's office fee too high

By John Holland
The Sun-Sentinel
 
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. Faced with a huge bill from the Broward Sheriff's Office and dwindling revenues, town leaders say they may have to trade the blue lights of deputies for the yellow lights of security guards.

During a 20-minute discussion at their monthly meeting, commissioners expressed dismay that the Broward Sheriff's Office wants to raise its fee next year by $1 million, to $2.6 million. On top of that, the Sheriff's Office is asking for as much as an additional $600,000 for this year even though the town has paid its current contract price in full, leaders said.

"This is insane," Commissioner Howard Clark said, summing up the feeling of his colleagues.

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