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2019 Florida Statutes

F.S. 189.011
189.011 Statement of legislative purpose and intent.
(1) It is the intent of the Legislature through the adoption of this chapter to provide general provisions for the definition, creation, and operation of special districts. It is the specific intent of the Legislature that dependent special districts shall be created at the prerogative of the counties and municipalities and that independent special districts shall only be created by legislative authorization as provided herein.
(2) The Legislature finds that special districts serve a necessary and useful function by providing services to residents and property in the state. The Legislature finds further that special districts operate to serve a public purpose and that this is best secured by certain minimum standards of accountability designed to inform the public and appropriate local general-purpose governments of the status and activities of special districts. It is the intent of the Legislature that this public trust be secured by requiring each special district in the state to register and report its financial and other activities. The Legislature further finds that failure of a special district to comply with the minimum disclosure requirements set forth in this chapter may result in action against the special district.
(3) Realizing that special districts are created to serve special purposes, the Legislature intends through the adoption of this chapter that special districts cooperate and coordinate their activities with the units of general-purpose local government in which they are located. The reporting requirements set forth in this chapter shall be the minimum level of cooperation necessary to provide services to the citizens of this state in an efficient and equitable fashion.
History.s. 2, ch. 89-169; s. 7, ch. 2014-22; s. 2, ch. 2016-22.
Note.Subsection (1) former s. 189.402(1); subsection (2) former s. 189.402(6); subsection (3) former s. 189.402(7).