There are seven members of the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough
County. Four are elected from single-member districts, and three are elected
county wide. The Board approves the County's operating and capital budgets and
the County's capital improvement program. It may take action on any programs for
the improvement of the county and the welfare of its residents.
Under a Charter Ordinance that went into effect May 1985, County
Commissioners are directed to perform legislative functions of government by
developing policy for the management of Hillsborough County. The
County Administrator, a professional appointed by the Board, and the
administrative staff are responsible for the implementation of these policies.
The Board also serves as the
Environmental Protection Commission. Individual Board members serve
on various other
boards, authorities, and commissions ( PDF,
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Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority,
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council,
Tampa Bay Water,
Arts Council of Hillsborough County,
Metropolitan Planning Organization,
Economic Stimulus Task Force and the Council of Governments.
Regular meetings of the Board of County Commissioners are open to the public
and are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, beginning at 9
a.m. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes. The Commissioners' offices
and boardroom are located on the 2nd floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy
Blvd. in downtown Tampa.
The meetings also are aired live on
Hillsborough Television. Check your cable listings for the
appropriate channel in your area.