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.

 

2020 ELECTION OF SUPERVISORS

The Annual Landowners Meeting of the South Indian River Water Control District will held on September 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. via a Webex phone and video conference due to the Covid-19 health restrictions. For information and to register for the meeting click here.

 

One (1) Supervisor will be elected for a term of three (3) years. The Supervisor to be elected at this time may not reside in the District, but must own land in the District and reside in Palm Beach County.

 

Ballots were sent out in mid-August. Use the offficial ballot to vote for one (1) Supervisor. Sign the ballot and indicate the acreage you own in the space provided. If there is more than one owner, only one owner has to sign the ballot. Please note that landowners whose District assessments are delinquent are not entitled to vote.

 

Return your signed ballot to the SIRWCD office using the pre-addressed envelope provided so as to be received no later than September 17, 2020. If you own more than one parcel, and you receive more than one ballot, please return all ballots in one envelope. If for some reason you don't do this, you can present your ballot to the District office by 4:30 pm the next day.

 

The District requests that you return your ballot promptly to prevent last minute processing delays. If the name of the landowner or a change of ownership has occurred, please notify the District office.

 

If you will be submitting proxies, there is a sample proxy an the Annual Landowner Meeting page you may utilize. It is strongly encouraged they be delivered to the District office by 4:30 pm on September 17, 2020.

 

If you have any questions contact the District office at 561-747-0550.

 

CANDIDATES BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

 

The biographical information below has been provided by the candidate and none of the candidate's statements have been endorsed or approved by the District or the Board of Supervisors.

 

Name: Thomas Powell

Tom Powell has served as a Supervisor since 1981. He continues to be a strong advocate of the landowners of the District. Tom believes that the desires of the people should come first. Whether it’s maintaining the existing infrastructure or initiating a new capital project, it should be driven by the wishes of the people, not the Board. Several major drainage system improvement programs and road improvement programs have been completed with the support of the landowners during this time period. Above all, affordability is key. A balance between the level and quality of maintenance in the District and the cost to the landowners is very important. Tom Powell continues to strive for the best balance, and will continue to serve the landowners.

 

Mr. Powell has signed the Oath of Candidate, which states he will resign from office within 30 days if his residency changes and causes the District's Board of Supervisors to no longer be in compliance with Chapter 2001-313, Laws of Florida.