At its meeting on Thursday, October 28, the Palm Beach County legislative delegation presented consideration of a local bill allowing a referendum on the incorporation of Acreage until its next meeting on December 8.
The bill would allow a public referendum on whether or not to approve a charter for “Village of Loxahatchee,” a name created in a poll for an area comprising most of the populated parts of the Indian Trail Improvement District.
State Representative Rick Roth (R-District 85), the bill’s main sponsor, proposed delaying the bill due to the conflicts that have developed.
The ITID was authorized by the state legislature earlier this year to conduct a feasibility study on incorporation and draft a charter proposal for public referendum. This bill was supported by the delegation in January 2021.
“This is obviously a controversial issue,” said Roth. “It’s been in the news a lot lately. We have worked with the citizens of the region. Many great things have taken place; a lot of controversy too.
He said the postponement would allow people to fully understand what the potential problems are with the bill as it is currently drafted.
“We are now tabling the bill with the idea that there is going to be a change, and we want to make sure there is enough time,” Roth said. “Everyone needs to know what’s going on. Everyone needs to know what the bill will do and therefore we are putting it off until December 8. “
State Representative Matt Willhite (D-District 86) asked the Chair of the Delegation State Representative Mike Caruso (R-District 89) and the Executive Director of the Legislative Delegation to communicate the process and s ” ensure that all parties concerned are informed when the problem arises. . “It’s a big deal for the area,” Willhite said.
Caruso said he will make sure communication is very clear. The delegation voted unanimously to postpone the decision on the bill until December 8.
If the Palm Beach County legislative delegation supported the local bill, it would be presented in Tallahassee, where it would still have to gain approval from both houses of the legislature. If approved in the 2022 session, the referendum would likely take place in November 2022.
Learn more about the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation at https://discover.pbcgov.org/legislativeaffairs/pages/legislative_delegation.aspx.