Sumter County, Florida
Sumter County is one of 67 counties in Florida. Bushnell is the county seat. As of the 2000 Census, the population was 53,345. The 2010 Census estimate puts its population at 93,420 and the Bureau of Economic and Business Research of the University of Florida estimated the 2012 population at 100,198 , a 87.8% change since 2000. The Villages, an unincorporated community, is its most populous location. The Villages Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Sumter County.
Evaluation of website
This website was most recently reviewed February 22, 2013.
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- The most current budget is listed.
- Budgets are archived for 5 years.
- Meeting minutes are archived for 4 years.
- Meeting agendas are archived for 4 years.
- A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.
- Meeting podcasts are available. 
- Elected Officials
- Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- Administrative officials
- Department heads are listed for each department.
- Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
- Permits and zoning
- Bids and RFPs are posted online.
- Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.
- Public records
- The public information officer is identified and maintained by Employee Services Department. This department provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
- A public records form is provided by the Employee Services Department .
- A fee schedule for documents is provided.
- A public records search is provided.
- Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
- Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.
- Residents are able to pay taxes online.
- Membership dues for associations are not available.
- The total amount spent on lobbying is not disclosed.
The Board of Sumter County Commissioners is the legislative and governing body of the County. Sumter County is a Constitutional County, meaning that authority to operate is derived directly from the Constitution of the State of Florida and not from a locally adopted charter.
Commissioner Duties Chapter 125 of the Florida Statutes establishes numerous specific duties such as:
- Adopting ordinances and resolutions, which establish policies and programs to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the citizens of the county
- Adopting an operating budget for the functions of the county government
- Appointing the County Administrator to carry out executive responsibilities
There are five single member District Commissioners, each elected from one of five geographic areas of the County. Each commissioner must reside in the district he represents. The Commissioners are elected at large.
Commission terms are four years. The terms of Districts 2 and 4 are staggered with the terms of Districts 1, 3, and 5. The Board selects a Chairman from among the members, a Vice-Chairman and 2nd Vice-Chairman who presides over the Board in the absence of the Chairmanwho presides over the Board in the absence of the Chairman.
The County Administrator serves as the Chief Administrative Officer through an appointment by the Board of County Commissioners. Bradley Arnold is the current County Administrator.
The County Administrator is responsible for the supervision of the operations of:
- Community Services
- Economic Development
- Emergency Management
- Fire and EMS Services
- Development Services
- Public Works
- Support Services
It is also the duty of the County Administrator to carry out the policies and directives of the Board of County Commissioners and manage the annual operating budget.
The total budget for 2012-13 is $157,950,632.
|Ad Valorem Taxes|
|Fiscal Year 2012-2013|
|County Transportation Trust Fund||0.14071|
|Health Trust Fund||0.10261|
Lobbying is the attempt to persuade another person to accept your position, including all attempts to influence elected officials who create laws and set policies by other legislators, constituents or organized groups.
Lobbying at the state level involves attempts to influence state legislators, governors, and state agencies. Local lobbying is aimed at local officials. Local units of government often do their lobbying through government sector lobbying associations. Lobbying at the federal level involves trying to influence Congress, the president, or federal agencies.
The following is a listing of associations lobby for Sumter County, directly or indirectly, through contracts and memberships.
- American Planning Association, Florida Chapter
- American Probation and Parole Association
- Building Officials Association of Florida
- Capitol Solutions, LLC
- Florida Animal Control Association
- Florida Association of Community Corrections
- Florida Association of Coordinated Transportation Systems (FACTS)
- Florida Association of Counties
- Florida County Veteran Services Officers Association
- Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association
- Florida Government Finance Officers Association
- Florida Housing Coalition
- Florida Library Association
- International Association of Fire Chiefs
- International Code Council
- National Animal Control Association
- National Association of Counties
- National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials
- National Fire Protection Association
- Society for Human Resource Management
Sumter County has reported spent approximately $600,000 on direct lobbying of the state government since 2003 (see table). The various organizations conducting indirect lobbying efforts for the County are paid on a per member basis and costs varies year by year. Dues and membership fees can be found in the annual budget for each department under the account object code "5400".
- Official Sumter County Website
- Sumter County Clerk of Court's Office
- Sumter County Property Appraiser's Office
- Sumter County Sheriff's Office
- Sumter County Supervisor of Elections
- Sumter County Tax Collector's Office
- Sumter County on E-Reference\
- Sumter County Humane Society
- Sumter County on Epodunk
- Sumter County Free Public Records Directory