The Business Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is where the Commissioners take official action by voting on various items. Major budgetary decisions, changes to the County Code, sending a countywide measure to the ballot, and other major decisions are made in these meetings.
Business Meetings feature a "Public Communication" section when residents may bring up any issue relevant to the county for up to three minutes. Generally, meetings are held at 10 a.m. on Thursday mornings. However, the BCC has initiated monthly evening business meetings in 2023, to start at 6 p.m. Dates of these evening meetings - which take the place of that day's regular 10 a.m. meeting - are Feb. 16, March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Most of these dates are the second Thursday of each month.
The Commissioners encourage the public to participate virtually or in person. You are welcome to participate by attending in-person or via Zoom. E-mail submissions for the Public Communication will be accepted as part of the public record. Register online for Public Communication via Zoom or if you are coming in person there will be a blue card at the door to fill out.
The public is welcome to provide comment to the board at any Business Meeting. Learn about Presenting Effective Testimony at Board meetings.
- Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance
- Consent Agenda
Any county contract over $150,000 requires board approval. These contracts and other items are typically grouped together.
- Public Communication
Testimony is limited to three minutes, and comments made must be respectful and courteous to all.
- County Administrator update
Brief news from the administrative head of the county for public and commissioner consumption.
- Commissioner communication
Each commissioner has the opportunity to provide public comments.
Typically the first item on the agenda, presentations from county staff or outside stakeholders often run 3–5 minutes on a matter related to county business.
- Public hearings
Public hearings are usually advertised and noticed prior to the hearing date. They are held on matters pertaining to new ordinances and ordinance amendments, boundary change proposals, formation of assessment areas, regular or supplemental budgets, and major policy proposals (if called for by the BCC).
- Discussion items
These conversations typically relate to items of great public interest that are perceived as somewhat controversial. Generally, information is shared, public input is encouraged and commissioners incorporate such feedback into their informed decisions.
Symbolic proclamations made by the BCC that clarify or further refine existing policies.
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