First Public Hearing Regarding Proposed Resolution to Expand County Seat
On January 23, 2017, the Board unanimously voted to relocate various government offices to the parcel that is commonly referred to as the Pinebrook Medical Center.
Article VIII, Section 1 (k) of the Florida Constitution requires that the principal offices and permanent records of all county officers to be in the county seat.
Since the Pinebrook Medical Center is located outside of the City of Brooksville, the Board must vote to "expand" the county seat to include that parcel.
Section 138.12, Florida Statutes, states, “The Board of County Commissioners may expand the geographical area of the county seat beyond the corporate limits of the municipality named as the county seat by adopting a resolution to that effect . . . .”
While the proposed resolution will designate the subject location as part of the “county seat,” the statute provides that “nothing herein shall be deemed to extend the boundaries of the municipality in which the county seat was previously located or annex to such municipality, the territory added to the county seat.”
The statute requires two advertised public hearings not less than ten (10) days or more than twenty (20) days apart.
As this is the first public hearing, there is no action for the Board to take other than providing the public with an opportunity to comment on the proposed resolution. The Board will consider adopting the proposed resolution at the close of the second public hearing.
|MOVER:||Nicholas W. Nicholson, Vice Chairman|
|SECONDER:||Wayne Dukes, Commissioner|
|AYES:||Steve Champion, Nicholas W. Nicholson, John Allocco, Wayne Dukes, Jeff Holcomb|