Fla. Cities Call County's Fee Requirement An 'Illegal Tax'

Law360, Miami (July 31, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT) -- Fourteen Florida towns and cities filed an amended complaint Tuesday in a lawsuit contesting Palm Beach County's requirement that they help fund its Office of Inspector General, arguing their sovereign immunity renders the mandatory charges unlawful and unenforceable.

The case, which carries statewide implications for counties' ability to charge municipalities for their programs, contends that the county government's funding mechanism for the inspector general program amounts to an illegal tax and runs counter to how previous countywide programs have functioned.

“If a county is permitted to...
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