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Budget cuts to limit security at Mecca Farms

September 29, 2011 01:46PM

Taxpayers may not have to pay $116,000 per year for a full-time sheriff’s deputy to patrol Palm Beach County’s mostly unused Mecca Farms property west of Palm Beach Gardens for much longer, the Sun Sentinel reported, after a County Commission chairperson called for cuts in the costs of security. The cuts were called for amid the announcement of a third consecutive year of raised property tax rates to combat a budget shortfall. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said that the Sheriff’s Office could keep an eye on Mecca Farms. “I’m glad we are able to save money on something that was a perplexing expense to begin with,” Commissioner Steven Abrams said. [Sun Sentinel]