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Separation of Powers in Lee County Government

You are visiting the website of the Board of County Commissioners, one of seven separate but equal sections of government that provide services and facilities to Lee County citizens. These seven sections, called Constitutional Offices, are independent of and not subservient to each other.

The other six "Constitutionals" have their own external websites:

20th Judicial Circuit

Clerk of Court

Property Appraiser

Sheriff

Supervisor of Elections

Tax Collector


Each Constitutional Office has an elected official(s) at the top of its organizational chart
. They each also have their own specific jurisdiction, duties and responsibilities. Each office supplies services not duplicated elsewhere in the system. However, their offices work together to serve the public. 

As a general rule, the Board of County Commissioners tend to supply, maintain and manage facilities and infrastructure to the citizens (roads, bridges, parks, libraries, airport, incinerator, etc.). The other six tend to supply services (elections, law enforcement, property appraisal, audits, etc.)

Two examples:

A. Property Appraiser determines the assessed value of your property. Board of County Commissioners determines the tax rate. Tax Collector then issues your annual property tax bill. Once the money is collected, the Tax Collector forwards the money to the Commissioners, who in turn distribute to the other six sections of Lee County government.

B. A person commits election fraud. Supervisor of Elections notifies the Sheriff, who arrests the individual. The individual goes to trial in the 20th Judicial Circuit. During the trial, Clerk of Court keeps the official record of court proceedings.  State Attorney prosecutes and Public Defender defends the accused.

 

* This information is adapted from the LeeGROWS education program, which is organized and operated by Lee County Government.