Board of Supervisors Elections

South Indian River Water Control District (SIRWCD) was established as a Special District in 1923. SIRWCD is organized and exists pursuant to Chapter 298, Florida Statutes, as amended and supplemented, and other applicable provisions of law, including a number of special acts of the Florida Legislature relating to the District, particularly Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.

 

The District is governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors who serve three-year terms. Supervisors are elected by a vote of the landowners based on parcel acreage. All Supervisors must reside in Palm Beach County and must own land in the District. Current rules dictate that at least three Supervisors must reside in the District, with at least one Supervisor residing in the area east of the C-18 Canal and at least one residing in the area west of the C-18 Canal. One Supervisor must not be a resident of the District.

 

Ballots for the seats up for election are mailed out to landowners in early to mid-August each year and are due back to the District office by the third Thursday in September. A return envelope is included in the mailing. Landowners may also cast their ballot at the Annual Landowners Meeting, which also is held the third Thursday in September. Landowners whose District assessments are delinquent are not entitled to vote.

 

As specified in the District's Special Act, the ballots are counted and verified by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, who will certify the results.

Replacement, Lost or Damaged Ballots

Extra blank ballots are printed and numbered and kept locked at the District’s office for replacement purposes.

 

If a ballot envelope is returned by the Post Office, the District makes every effort to re-mail those ballots to the current owner by using information provided on the Property Appraiser’s website. If the website shows a new owner from that on the original mailing list, the new information is typed onto a blank ballot and mailed. A log of new owners is kept and sent to the Supervisor of Elections. All other envelopes are filed alphabetically and stored in a locked cabinet.

 

When a landowner calls to request a ballot due to it being misplaced, lost or never received, we verify ownership (Property Appraiser’s website), then we check the box of returned ballots. and if not found, we ask the owner to bring photographic identification to the District office to pick up a replacement ballot. If the owner has recently purchased the property and the Property Appraiser's website has not been updated, we ask the owner to bring proof of ownership as well (deed or tax bill). The District keeps a log of all replacement ballots given.

 

Landowners who request a replacement ballot are notified that the first ballot received in their name is the ballot that is counted and that
all further inquiries should be directed to the District office or attorney – not to the Supervisor of Elections.

2017 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ELECTION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any landowner within SOUTH INDIAN RIVER WATER CONTROL DISTRICT who wishes his or her name to appear on the Official Ballot for Election of Supervisors for the South Indian River Water Control District should send written notification to the District's Office at 15600 Jupiter Farms Road, Jupiter, Florida 33478. 

 

One (1) supervisor will be elected for a term of three (3) years.  Candidates may not reside in the District, but must own land in the District and must be residents of Palm Beach County.  Notification must be sent to Holly Rigsby prior to 4:30 p.m. on July 14, 2017.  It will be necessary for each candidate to submit a short informational paragraph which will be provided to the landowners.  The Annual Landowners Meeting is scheduled for September 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Jupiter High School, 500 N. Military Trail, Jupiter, Florida.

 

All candidates must sign the Oath of Candidate, which states they will resign from office within 30 days if their residency changes and causes the District's Board of Supervisors to no longer be in compliance with Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.

 

Draft Proposals For Potential Changes Relating to Board of Supervisor Elections

The South Indian River Water Control District Board of Supervisors have been discussing potential changes to Board of Supervisor elections. As this requires amending sections of Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida relating to Board of Supervisor elections, referenda and tabulation of votes, the District's attorney had drafted three proposals for consideration by the Board. As of now, there have been no changes to the existing policy.

 

Proposal 1

Proposal 2

Proposal 3