2021 Election Letter to Candidates
CITY OF TAVARES ELECTION
NOVEMBER 2, 2021 Municipal Election
We welcome your participation in the City of Tavares 2021 Municipal Election. Notebooks are available in the City Clerk's office and include information on election laws, campaign financing, and the Florida Sunshine law, along with various forms that will need to be completed as part of the qualifying process.
Attached is the list of items to be completed and filed at the office of the Tavares City Clerk in order to qualify to run for Seats 2 or 4 on the Tavares City Council and placed on the ballot. This notebook includes all forms and state statutes that are referenced in the forms you will be signing. The qualifying period begins August 1, 2021 at 12:00 noon, and ends August 15, 2021 at 12:00 noon. If August 15th should fall on a weekend day or holiday the deadline will be extended to the next business day at 12:00 noon. There are two pre-filing forms that can be submitted prior to the beginning of the qualifying period. The remainder of the forms are submitted during the qualifying period.
Please note that per F.S. 99.061(7)(a) the assessment fee of $69.65 must be paid out of the candidate’s campaign account. This is one percent of the annual salary which is currently $6,964.68 for council members.
Effective January 1, 2015, all elected municipal officers must complete 4 hours of ethics training each calendar year which addresses the Code of Ethics for Public Officers and Employees and the public records and public meetings laws of Florida (F.S. 112.3142). Those elected officials who first assume office in 2021 will need to complete training on or before December 31, 2022. Information regarding training opportunities will be provided at a later date.
In addition, websites you may find helpful and provide further information are as follows:
If you have further questions please contact me 352.742.6279.
Susie Novack, MMC/FCRM
City Clerk/Election Qualifying Officer
Forms to be completed to be Qualified as a Candidate and placed on the Ballot:
Pre-Filing Forms: (These forms can be turned in at any time and begins your campaign)
- Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates. “Office sought”, should include the seat number. (Please note that any use of personal funds, including in-kind donations, towards election expenses are considered an expenditure.)
*The Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form (DS-DE 9) must be on file with the City Clerk before obtaining signatures on the petition form.
2) Statement of Candidate - (Section 106.023 F.S.)(1 copy attached of Form DS- DE 84) – File with the City Clerk within 10 days after the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer form is filed.
All qualifying forms must be submitted during the Qualifying Period beginning August 1, 2021 at 12:00 noon and ending August 15, 2021 at 12:00 noon. If August 15th should fall on a weekend day or holiday the deadline will be extended to the next business day at 12:00 noon.
3) Petition for either Seats 2 or 4 filled out and signed by at least 25 registered City voters (2 forms attached). Prior to any signatures being obtained a campaign depository and campaign treasurer must be designated and submitted to the City Clerk. (See #1) (F.S. 106.021) Please turn your petition in to the City Clerk’s Office no later than Monday, August 9, 2021. Do not delay in getting the petitions back to the City Clerk to allow sufficient time for the signatures to be validated by the Lake County Supervisor of Elections.
4) Candidate Oath – Nonpartisan Office DS-DE 302NP (this form must be notarized) and name printed phonetically). The candidate’s Florida Voter Registration Number must be included.
6) Statement of Financial Interests for the year 2020 (Form 1).
7) The Election Assessment in the amount of $69.65 (1% of $6,964.68). Make check payable to the City of Tavares. The City will submit the assessment fee to the State of Florida. If the candidate is unable to pay the elections assessment, the form “Affidavit of Undue Burden” should be completed.
Financial Reports and Due Dates:
The following is a schedule of the financial reports to be filed with the office of the City Clerk. This is done by:
- Completing the Campaign Treasurer’s Report Summary (Form DS-DE 12); noting the time period being reported and the schedule identifier); or,
- If there has been no activity in the account or no in-kind services for that period completing the Waiver of Report (DS-DE 87) on or before the date that the financial report is due.
Below are the 2021 Calendar of Reporting Dates with the cover period dates along with the dates that the Campaign Treasurers Reports must be turned in to the City Clerk.
Note that for all contributions and expenditures, an itemized report must also be completed giving the details of the contribution/expenditure. Contributions over $100 must include the occupation of the donor. (Itemized Reports – DS-DE 13 and DS-DE 14 should be turned in with the Campaign Treasurers Report Summary)
Campaign Treasurer’s reports must be signed by both the candidate and the campaign treasurer. If the candidate is his or her own treasurer, both places must be signed.
(Forms are also available at the City Clerk’s Office and on line at www.tavares .org and https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/ forms/statewide or multicounty candidates. Complete the form, print out, sign, and submit to the City Clerk.) In addition, please note that there are additional financial forms that may or may not pertain to your campaign. The most common reports-- Campaign Treasurer’s Report Summary, Itemized Contributions, and Itemized Distributions, and Waiver of Report-- have been provided in your notebook. 8 copies have been provided.
Per F.S. 106.07(2)(a), Reports shall be filed not later than 5 p.m. of the day designated; however, any report postmarked by the United States Postal Service no later than midnight of the day designated shall be deemed to have been filed in a timely manner. A certificate of mailing obtained from and dated by the United States Postal Service at the time of mailing, or a receipt from an established courier company, which bears a date on or before the date on which the report is due, shall be proof of mailing in a timely manner.
2021 Candidate Financial Reporting Schedule
Campaign Treasurer’s Reports
03-01-21 to 03-31-21
04-01-21 to 04-30-21
05-01-21 to 05-31-21
06-01-21 to 06-30-21
07-01-21 to 07-31-21
08-01-21 to 08-31-21
09-01-21 to 09-30-21
10-01-21 to 10-28-21
Due 90 Days after Qualifying (08/15/2021) for Unopposed Candidates
For Candidates On Ballot
Due dates in accordance with Florida Statutes 106.07
PENALTY FOR LATE FILING: F.S. 106.07(8)(b)
Upon determining that a report is late, the filing officer shall immediately notify the candidate or chair of the political committee as to the failure to file a report by the designated due date and that a fine is being assessed for each late day. The fine is $50 per day for the first 3 days late and, thereafter, $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25 percent of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. However, for the reports immediately preceding each special primary election, special election, primary election, and general election, the fine is $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25 percent of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. For reports required under s. 106.141(8), the fine is $50 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25 percent of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. Upon receipt of the report, the filing officer shall determine the amount of the fine which is due and shall notify the candidate or chair or registered agent of the political committee. The filing officer shall determine the amount of the fine due based upon the earliest of the following:
1. When the report is actually received by such officer.
2. When the report is postmarked.
3. When the certificate of mailing is dated.
4. When the receipt from an established courier company is dated.
5. When the electronic receipt issued pursuant to s. 106.0705 or other electronic filing system authorized in this section is dated.
Such fine shall be paid to the filing officer within 20 days after receipt of the notice of payment due, unless appeal is made to the Florida Elections Commission pursuant to paragraph (c). Notice is deemed complete upon proof of delivery of written notice to the mailing or street address on record with the filing officer. In the case of a candidate, such fine is not an allowable campaign expenditure and shall be paid only from personal funds of the candidate. An officer or member of a political committee is not personally liable for such fine.
The following disclaimer must be used on all campaign advertising per state statute 106.143(1)(a)(1):
“Political advertisement paid for and approved by _______________ (name of candidate) (No Party Affiliation) for the office of Tavares City Council, Seat ____.”
The following is the City’s Land Development Regulations regarding political signs. Political are temporary signs and if placed in the right of way will be removed by the City.
Land Development Regulations
Section 21-16 – Temporary Signs and Section 21-3 – Prohibited Signs
(A) Temporary Signs may only be displayed for a maximum of one hundred twenty (120) days during a calendar year. Temporary Signs are exempt from the permitting requirements under Section 21-4.
A Temporary Sign shall:
- Not exceed six (6) feet in height;
- Not exceed thirty-two (32) square feet in size;
- Not be an Electric Sign or Portable Sign;
- Not obstruct the visibility of a permanent sign;
- Not be illuminated; and
(6) Shall be limited to two (2) signs per parcel of property.
(Ord. No. 2017-01, § 1, 4-5-17; Ord. No. 2021-01, § 1, 3-17-21)
Section 21-3 - Prohibited Signs
The following signs are expressly prohibited unless exempted by another section of these regulations:
(B) Any temporary sign within the right-of-way of any street or public way. Any temporary sign or snipe sign within the right-of-way shall become the property of the City and may be immediately removed by the City without notice.
***Please note that no more than two (2) Temporary Signs shall be placed on a parcel and each sign shall be set back a minimum of five (5) feet from any road right-of-way and ten (10) feet from all side property lines.