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  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    2016 FAC Calendar! Winners Announced!

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    This week the Florida Association of Counties unveiled the photo winners for the 2016 FAC Calendar.  With close to 500 photos submitted under our theme of Awesome Weather the competition was fierce.  With Florida’s spectacular thunderstorms, foggy mornings and breathtaking sunrises it was hard to choose among the many great photos!

  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    FAC Legislative Priorities Online

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    Last week the membership met at the 2015 Legislative Conference in Nassau County to vote on FAC's legislative platform for the 2016 Legislative Session.  Due to the accelerated session this year, that saw committee weeks beginning in October, discussions at FAC's Policy Conference in August centered around priority issues that staff could focus on during the committee weeks between the two conferences.

    On Friday morning the full membership voted the below issues remain Association's priorities for the 2016 Session:

    FAC Priorities:

    Tax Reform
    Economic Development
    Amendment 1
    Utility Relocation
    Behavioral Health
    Comprehensive Water Policy

    You can view the priority policy statements here and the full legislative program here.

  • Monday, November 23, 2015

    The Evolution of County Government: Three Forms of County Government

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    There are three basic forms of county government in use in Florida. The traditional commission form, the commission-administrator or manager form, and the commission or council-executive form. These forms are also typically found in most counties across the country. The primary difference between these three forms is who is responsible for implementing policy. In the commission form, policy implementation is handled by the board of commissioners. However in the commission-administrator or manager form an administrator or manager appointed by the commission oversees implementation of policy. And in the commission-executive form an elected executive (typically a mayor) oversees policy implementation. In all three forms a board of county commissioners meets and makes policy for the county. In addition, regardless of government form, almost all counties have five other county officers that are popularly elected by county voters. These constitutional officers perform a variety of administrative duties and policy functions for the state and county.

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