Deerfield-News. com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-A shocking statement by Deerfield Beach Commissioner Todd Drosky in relation to Deerfield Beach contracting police and fire services with BSO. One would think our city manager and the chief financial officer would know and that our mayor and commissioners would know if 60 percent of our general budget being paid to BSO is a good deal or not.
In a report by The Sun-Sentinel Deerfield Beach commissioner Todd Drosky said the following. “Public safety is over 60 percent of our budget and there’s no real oversight “We’re paying a lot of expenses at the word of downtown. It’s like trust me, you’re getting a good deal on this, but nobody is verifying that.”
Drosky said the city’s general fund budget is roughly 100 million dollars. There was a meeting this week of the cities that are looking at exiting using the Sheriff’s services. City manager David Santucci was supposed to be there for Deerfield Beach.
Apparently, they have no idea, so its time we the citizens help them out. How difficult will it be to get the current costs we now pay BSO and compare them to what neighboring cities like Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Coral Springs, Lighthouse Point and Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood pay? One would think our city administrators and elected officials would have done this already.
Deerfield-News.com with our limited resources will get the public records from these cities as well as the current BSO contract and what all deputies and firefighters were paid in 2020 and report on it.
Shocked and disappointed that our city does not know if they are spending 60 percent of the general budget and do not know if it is a good deal. If you live in Deerfield Beach I urge you to write, email, and call city hall and let them know that this is unacceptable. We have not even begun to mention the BSO pension liabilities that face the taxpayers of Deerfield Beach stay tuned.