PBC commissioners to allocate more money for PBSO, less to fix roads in 2013

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As Palm Beach County commissioners prepare to adopt the 2013 budget, NewsChannel 5 has learned the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office will be given a budget increase next year, while less money will be allocated to repair and resurface aging roads.

A victim of the times, many Palm Beach County roads have started to show their age.

Some have small cracks.

Others have potholes.

Several years ago, commissioners had set aside more than $6 million to repair and resurface roads.

In 2013, commissioners were expected to allocate less than $1 million.

That, county engineers said, was not enough to cover needed repairs.

The cost to resurface a 1.6 mile stretch of Clint Moore Road from Military Trail to Jog Road, for example, was expected to cost more than $400,000.

"The County went through a boom in the 1990s and 2000s," said Steve Carrier, an assistant county engineer. "Generally, we resurface roads every twenty years or so. So, as the pavement gets older, there's more need for resurfacing, and if the money is not there, the ride is going to get worse and worse."

For the first time in years, commissioners were not expected to draw down reserves to close a budget gap.

The tax rate wasn't expected to change.

Thirty-five jobs were eliminated, however.

About half of the people who lost their jobs were re-hired by the County, a county official said.

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