Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - May 24, 2016
May 24, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #17

Discontinuation of Planning Commissioner Stipend

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

   John Barnott, Director, Building and Development Services 
   941-748-4501 ext. 3887

   Bobbi Roy, Planning Coordinator, 941-748-4501 ext. 6878

Action Requested

Adopt Resolution 16-88.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Manatee County Land Development Code

Florida Statutes

Background Discussion
  • Florida Statutes §163.3174 provides that the governing body of each local government shall designate and by ordinance establish a “local planning agency” which may be a local planning commission.
  • The Manatee County Commission adopted Land Development Code § 301.1 creating a Manatee County Planning Commission and setting forth its authority and duties. Land Development Code § 301.2 provides in part that Planning Commissioners as volunteers may not be employed by the County.
  • The County Commission made findings in Resolution 00-96, that while the Planning Commissioners have historically expended travel time and expense driving to conduct individual site visits and to the County building for meetings and that in spite of that they had not received reimbursement and therefore approved a stipend of $60.00 per meeting to help offset Planning Commissioner travel expenses.
  • Resolution 00-96 does not characterize this payment as a salary and clearly finds that Planning Commissioners are “volunteers”.
  • In April 2016, auditors for the Florida Retirement System (FRS) issued a letter to the County associated with an audit of payments and asserted its position that Planning Commissioners payments can constitute a payment triggering reporting and FRS enrollment of Planning Commissioners.
  • It was not and is not the intention to have members of any volunteer boards and commissions receive compensation for their services such that they would fall within the FRS program.
  • The County Administrator and County Attorney have recommended that the $60.00 stipend be discontinued so as to reflect the actual volunteer nature of service on volunteer boards and commissions and to remove any question that such volunteers are covered by FRS regulations.
  • Staff recommends discontinuing the stipend for volunteer planning commissioners.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
Robert Eschenfelder reviewed and responded.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please forward a copy of the executed Resolution to bobbi.roy@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Resolution 16-88.pdf