The city of Boca Raton will spend $20,000 on a special election to fill the seat of suspended Mayor Susan Haynie.
The city said it will use general fund dollars; $10,000 from a contingency fund and the other $10,000 from available accounts that are supported by tax dollars.
Boca city leaders explained they have to have a special election because Haynie’s seat is viewed as a vacancy.
Last Friday, the governor suspended Haynie after she was arrested on corruption and perjury charges. Haynie claims she is innocent.
A few taxpayers in Boca Raton said they were OK with paying for the election because it allowed them to vote on who will fill the mayoral seat.
“At this point in time it could have been avoided but it wasn’t. I do not agree with the cost, but I do agree that we raise our voice to choose who we want there and not have someone appointed,” said Boca Raton resident Francisco.
“Everyone deserves to have a voice and vote for what they want and who they want,” said Shannon Hartnett.
The Boca Raton City Council must approve a resolution by May 30 in order to have an August 28 special election.
Acting Mayor Scott Singer said he is running for the mayoral seat in the special election; the city will also have to fill his vacant council seat.