CDD 8 supervisors have opposing views on the future of PWAC
Two supervisors from Community Development District 8 made it clear on Friday that they had very different views on the future of the project-wide advisory committee.
The Sumter Landing Community Development District Supervisory Board on Thursday approved an updated agreement that would allow Community Development District 12 and Community Development District 13 to separate and form PWAC II south of National Highway 44. The SLCDD Council is the board of directors of the original PWAC, which allows CDDs to pool their resources for the improvement and maintenance of infrastructure south of County Road 466.
You can read the agreement approved by the SLCDD board at this link: Fourth_Amended_and_Restated_IGA_20210527_v3
From now on, all PWAC member councils, CDD 5 to 12, will have to sign on the dotted line to form PWAC II.
CDD 8 supervisors Sal Torname and Duane Johnson made it clear at Friday’s board meeting that they disagree when it comes to signing the new PWAC deal. If a CDD does not approve it, the agreement is canceled.
Torname echoed the sentiments of District 7 Community Development Supervisor Jerry Vicenti in calling for the word “council” to be removed from PWAC’s mission and instead make it the primary decision-maker. Currently, SLCDD supervisors have this power, both in terms of infrastructure and equipment. The catch is that SLCDD supervisors have a close connection to the developer and will run their program.
Torname is also asking for a more equitable method of financing the PWAC. Currently, residents fund 92 percent of the PWAC budget, while the business districts of Sumter Landing and Brownwood pay only a small portion. The funding formula is based on taxable area and houses cover much more land than commercial entities.
“Change the methodology for allocating expenses from taxable taxable area to total area, including parking and undeveloped land,” Torname said.
The resident of the village of St. James said he could not vote in favor of the deal approved earlier this week by the SLCDD board of directors.
“I’m looking for a two-way conversation with the Sumter Landing Board of Directors,” Torname said.
Johnson, who serves as CDD 8’s alternate rep on PWAC, also staked his position.
“I think we’re talking about swagger. We have an agreement. A solid agreement, ”declared the resident of the Village of St-Charles.
He also had a post for CDD 7, which hired independent legal counsel, and appears to be ready to spoil it in regards to PWAC II.
“I will not be hijacked by District 7,” Johnson said.
He added that he would “welcome” CDD 12 and 13 to stay within the PWAC. CDD 13 is currently not represented on the PWAC board of directors, but would be phased in if the parties retreated from the previous agreement.
The day of the CDD decision will come next month.
“We’ll have a full-fledged conversation in July,” said Supervisor Dennis Hayes, CDD 8 senior representative on PWAC.