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One of the most interesting things about local government charters is each one is a distinct reflection of its community. Because a charter is the document that allows citizens to determine their own structure of government within state-prescribed legal limits, a charter is, in many ways, a manifestation of a community’s values, and one important way that a local government controls its own destiny.
According to the National Civic League, as a general rule, charter amendments should be utilized to address issues that cannot be successfully addressed by: 1) The passage of ordinances, 2) By the reorganization of municipal departments, 3) By changes to municipal funding, 4) By new officials in office and 5) By state, regional or federal initiatives.
There are two predominant forms of governments operating today - the council-manager form, in which policy making power is vested equally in the elected body composed of the mayor and council members, and the mayor-council form of government where policy making powers are vested in an elected council and administrative powers in an elected executive.
Council-ManagerBorn out of the local government reform movement of the 1900s, council-manager government is today the predominant form of government of cities over 10,000 in population in the United States. The council-manager form of government is the corporate model of local government patterned after the private sector. In the council-manager form of government, powers are vested in an appointed executive chosen for his executive skill, education and experience.
Mayor-CouncilOn the other hand, the mayor-council form of government reflects the federal model of local government patterned after the division of powers in the federal government. In this form of government, policy making powers are vested in an elected council and administrative powers are vested in an elected executive.
Daytona BeachAs in many other middle and larger size cities, Daytona Beach has adopted a hybrid form of government blending characteristics of the council-manager and mayor-council forms of government. Daytona Beach's charter provides for a separately elected mayor to be the political and policy leader of the city while retaining all administrative functions and powers in a city manager. The Charter also allows, but does not demand, that the mayor can serve full time, and be compensated for his full-time commitment as approved by the City Commission. Although a large departure from the pure council-manager form of government which mandates a part-time mayor with largely ceremonial duties, this arrangement incorporates qualities of both forms of government organizing an effective sharing of responsibilities that have proved to work successfully.
Although charters have been changed for many reasons, reviews of local government literature on the subject suggest that changes in forms of government are commonly caused by one or more of five factors: a loss of trust in the integrity of the local government due to a pattern of unlawful and or scandalous behaviors on the part of local officials; unmanageable conflict between local officials that hinders the performance of government; inability of local government to successfully address unanticipated crisis; failure of the local government to provide consistency in the delivery of services that the citizens deem to be essential; interest groups seeking to increase their influence in city decision making.
Recovery grants are available for qualified homeowners, renters and business owners affected by hurricanes Ian or Nicole.
Yes. Individuals and households in Volusia County who have sustained losses as a direct result of Hurricane Ian can apply for federal assistance. People can apply online, call 800-621-3362 or download the FEMA app.
A FEMA Disaster Recovery Center has opened at the Florida Department of Health at 1845 Holsonback Drive in Daytona Beach. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. In addition to FEMA representatives, local governments and social service agencies will be on-site to assist residents and businesses impacted by Hurricane Ian.
No, you just have to submit proof you have filed for FEMA assistance.
Yes, you may still be eligible for a city recovery grant. If you were denied by FEMA, you should file an appeal with them.
Yes, if you are eligible for both assistance programs. However, the FEMA approval process may take longer for you to receive assistance. The city assistance will be available to you right away if you qualify for the program.
No. However, if you have insurance, you have to submit proof that you have filed for recovery from your insurance carrier.
Yes, if you qualify for a city recovery grant.
No, the city recovery grant is not a loan and does not have to be repaid.
Up to $9,000.
Up to $3,000.
Mortgage or rental assistance, replacing spoiled food, home repairs, mold and flood damage remediation, insurance deductibles and more.
To determine if reuse is available at your location, please contact the city’s Utility Department at 386-671-8800.
Furthermore, this water should not be used to fill swimming pools, hot tubs or wading pools nor should children be permitted to play in reuse water. Above ground hose bibs (spigots) are not connected to reuse piping and reuse piping is not permitted to enter into a residence due to the potential for accidental connections with potable water lines and unintentional consumption.
The property owner is required to sign a hold harmless agreement and read the city’s Reuse Policy and Procedures Manual prior to receiving reuse water.
Each inspection will vary according to the individual property, however, one should set aside a minimum of one hour for a single family residence and an additional half hour for each additional unit to be inspected. This is only an average.
The Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) grant program was authorized by the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 (P.L. 108–264), which amended the National Flood Insurance Act (NFIA) of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 4001, et al). FEMA provides RFC funds to assist states and communities to reduce flood damages to insured properties that have had one or more claims to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Utilities Dept. at 386-671-8807, or email Kimberly Dixon.
Give us your name, address, and phone number and the crews in the field will be happy to let you know when they will be in your neighborhood. This will give you time to leave the house if you so choose while they are smoke testing.
No they will not be harmed.
No harm will come to your pets.
The smoke is designed to not be harmful to your pets or their skin.
No, you do not need to be home at the time of testing. The crews do not need to enter your house unless there is a problem that you want documented. They will not fix a problem on private property. This is the responsibility of the home owner
Contact one of the uniformed crew members who will be inspecting outside for leaks and they will be happy to help you figure out where the smoke is coming from, but we will not make repairs. This is the responsibility of the home owner. If smoke enters your home/business, open your doors and windows so it can be aired out.
The smoke testing will take about 20 minutes to complete.
Most homes will not be affected. A few may have small amounts of smoke/vapor enter the home that will dissipate in 5 -10 minutes.
They will not. Let them know we are looking for defects in sewer lines outside the home, not inside.
Not necessary. Let them know we are not looking to find defects inside homes.
No advantage. This test is for breaks in the sewer system outside the home.
No preparation is necessary. If smoke/vapor enters the units, it will dissipate in 5-10 minutes.
It is necessary to provide storm water draining facilities throughout the city's public right of ways in order that the health, safety, and welfare of the city's inhabitants may be protected. It is the intent and purpose of this article to provide authority to levy fees against all owners, tenants, or occupants whose property impacts the storm management facilities or who enjoy benefits therefrom and provide the city with a rational means for imposition of such fees to be used for the construction of improvements and extension of the facilities, maintenance, and administration.