Flagler County will be well represented at the state and national level as three County Commissioners have been selected to serve on separate policy committees of the Florida Association of Counties, and one will serve on a steering committee for the National Association of Counties.
Commission Chair Donald O’Brien will serve on the Finance, Tax and Administration Committee, and the Finance and Administration Committee, which is a Florida Association of Counties governance committee.
“These committees address issues like taxation, local revenue, state-shared revenue, and economic development,” O’Brien said. “It’s an honor to be selected serve on these committees – something I have done for a number of years.”
Policy committees generally meet twice a year: a meeting in the early fall and a wrap-up meeting at the legislative conference in mid-November.
Vice Chair Joe Mullins will serve on the Florida Association of Counties Federal Policy Committee – which looks at federal issues that may affect Florida counties – and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Committee. Additionally, he will serve on the National Association of Counties Community, Economic, and Workforce Development Steering Committee.
“The Community, Economic, and Workforce Development Steering Committee discusses matters pertaining to housing, community, and economic development,” Mullins said. “This includes the creation of affordable housing, commercial development – many topics that are very important in Flagler County right now.”
Commissioner Andy Dance was appointed to the Florida Association of Counties Water and Environmental Sustainability Policy Committee.
“I am anxious to share my 37 years of experiences as a Florida licensed landscape architect to improve water and environmental policy” Dance said. “This committee considers state and federal issues related to water and environmental policy – water quality, infrastructure, waste and pollution, resiliency, and funding. I am looking forward to policy debates on important issues that will affect the health, safety and welfare of Flagler County residents.”