Bryan questions BOCC agenda

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM.

Joanna Bryan, newly-elected County Commissioner for District 3, suggested Tuesday that commissioners examine changes to a more detailed approach to the commission agendas.

The topic first arose as representatives of the Gulf County School District came before the Board of County Commissioners, per law, to honor a request from the School Board to hold a special election next spring on extending the district’s one mil additional operating levy (see related story A1).

The School Board is required to request the BOCC for the special election.

“My only issue is why this wasn’t on the agenda,” Bryan said. “We weren’t given any opportunity to receive comment from our constituents on this.”

Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton said the request to the county was largely a procedural one and that he was following the process used four years ago when the School Board first asked for the additional mil operating levy.

“We are following the exact process as four years ago, as dictated by law,” Norton said. “We have acted as fast as we could.”

County attorney Jeremy Novak said the agenda for BOCC meetings is set by noon on Wednesday of the week before the meeting and that the School Board had held its meeting and adopted the resolution for the special election last Thursday.

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