BOCC considers revisions to agenda

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:35 AM.

The Gulf County Board of Commissioners should consider changes to its agenda for more transparency and accountability, Commissioner Joanna Bryan reiterated during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Bryan had just returned from commissioner training in Central Florida and said her polling of other commissioners around the state found that counties use far more detailed and explanatory agendas than currently used by the BOCC.

Bryan, in her first term, ran as the lack of clarity on county agendas as part of her platform, was renewing a call she made last month to put a stop to the lack of information contained on county agendas.

“I could not locate a county that used a minimal agenda like we do,” Bryan said. “They also testified that they do not vote on items not on the agenda.”

As Bryan noted during an earlier meeting, the BOCC regularly debates and votes on issues that do not appear on the agenda released in advance of the meeting.

The most recent example of an important issue receiving no advance notice was the BOCC decision to move the Gulf County Economic Development Council under the county’s umbrella.

“If we are spending taxpayer money and learning something (from these training exercises that all commissioners undergo), we should address this,” Bryan said. “It is for the good of the public and the public should know what we are doing.”

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