Special Meeting to Discuss Constitutional Officers’ Budgets Set for June 28

By  //  June 23, 2023

coverage can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – In November 2008, 73.12% of Brevard County voters approved, via referendum, a limitation of growth in ad valorem revenue, also known as the charter cap.

This cap, defined in Section of the County Charter, limits the increase of ad valorem revenue to the lesser of 3% or the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). While the charter cap does not expressly apply to Constitutional Officers, it is clear that the intent of the voters was to instill fiscal constraints upon the local government.

Contrary to fiscally conservative principles, the Brevard County Supervisor of Elections has requested a budget increase for FY23-24 of 546.66% above the charter cap.

Likewise, the Brevard County Property Appraiser requested a budget increase that is 124.33% above the charter cap.

On June 12, 2023, the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners convened a special meeting to offer direction to the County Manager during the budget preparation process.

The discussion focused on Constitutional Office budgets and the Board elected to send a questionnaire (attached) to the Property Appraiser and Supervisor of Elections regarding their previous budgets due to the lack of transparency. As of this press release, these elected officials have refused to provide answers regarding their use of taxpayer funds.

Also, on June 12, 2023, the Property Appraiser Dana Blickley requested a special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.

The Chair obliged, and the special meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in the Commission Chambers at 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C., Viera, FL. 32940. This meeting is to further discuss constitutional office budgets and gather additional information about prior spending.

Watch the coverage on Space Coast Daily TV.