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Lake Worth votes to keep PBSO

LAKE WORTH, FL (WFLX) - The city of Lake Worth says it will keep services offered by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office after an agreement was reached.

The city flirted with the idea of getting rid of PBSO to stay within their budget, but, after weeks of negotiations, a deal was finally reached.

The city of Lake Worth will now pay $1 million less then they did a year ago. The city has taken a number of steps to reduce their budgets such as cutting employees and reducing pensions.

The city risked losing PBSO and would have possibly reinstated an independent police force, an idea many residents shutdown in a commission meeting last month.

News that Lake Worth decided to keep PBSO on board is sitting well with residents. "They're there every second you call 911 -- more than one comes out," said one Lake Worth resident. "It's a wonderful thing."

Most remember a time when Lake Worth was without PBSO and how bad it was. "I had Lake Worth Police Department when I first came here. Crime was up, a lot of homeless, prostitutes and gangs," recalled another resident. "But once the city made a deal with PBSO, things turned around for the better. It's cleaned up things have really changed."

Vice-Mayor Susan Mulvehill says the city is glad it reached an agreement that will keep PBSO on board and at a price they can afford. "They have exceeded in providing outstanding services for residents," said Mulvehill.

The contract between the city and PBSO will be finalized this week.

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