What is a Board of Supervisors?
A Community Development District has a Board-Manager form of government with the Board formulating public policy and the Manager carrying it out. The Board consists of five members called Supervisors. The Board serves as the governing body of the District and sets public policies implemented by staff. Based upon board consideration these Supervisors may receive compensation or reimbursement for their participation in Board activities.
How is the Board established?
Initially Supervisors are appointed by the landowners in the formative petition filed with the local government entity. Later they are elected by the landowners and appointed to various terms of office based on the number of votes cast, either two or four year terms. Eventually, within six to eight years of establishment, Board members are elected by State registered voters that reside in the district in a general election conducted by the Office of the Supervisor of Elections in that county.
What are the responsibilities of the Board?
The Board receives its power form Chapter 190, Florida Statues, which governs community development districts. The Board is responsible for the everyday operation and the future of the district and its residents. A summary of these duties includes, but is not limited to the following:
- Complete all forms required by the State of Florida as a Public Officer
- Comply to and understand the Sunshine Amendment and Code of Ethics for Public Officers
- Governing of the District, its staff, residents and facilities
- The annual budget and financing of the district, including, operations and maintenance fees and general oversight of the District
- Holding and attending board meetings for the District
- Maintaining the current standing of the district up to code and compliance with the State of Florida and other local governmental entities
- Planning for the future growth and maintenance of the District
What are the terms of office for the Supervisors?
Initial Supervisors appointed by a landowner are in office for 90 days until a landowner election can be noticed and held. After the initial landowner election is held, the two supervisors with the highest votes serve a four year term; the remaining supervisors serve two year terms. All supervisors elected at the six year period receive four year terms. This eventually this will result in every member on the board serving a staggered four year term.
What if a supervisor resigns his/her office during term?
If a Supervisor resigns his/her office mid term, the board will accept their letter of resignation and then appoint a new Supervisor to serve the remaining term. However, should it be a board consisting of terms elected after the sixth year, the board will only be able to appoint a qualified voter registered in the State of Florida that resides in the district to serve the balance of the term. The resigning supervisor must complete the required forms as per the State within 60 days of departure of office and return them to the Supervisor of Elections office in the county in which they reside.