Citrus County commissioners had never heard of a “board policy document.” 

Commissioners this week gave unanimous approval to an ordinance designed to kick start the county’s economic development program, but not before quibbling with director Bruce Register over those three words.

Commissioners said they wanted the incentive programs to be adopted by resolution, because it holds the weight of law.

“What is a ‘board policy document?'" Commissioner Brian Coleman asked.

The ordinance is designed to give Register guidance in providing tax incentives to new or expanding companies that provide high-paying jobs.

Commissioners had said they wanted to approve the specific programs by resolution. They chided Register for ignoring that direction and offering the “board policy document” ordinance.

Commissioners said the wording was unnecessary since each potential tax-break contract needs board approval regardless of what ordinance is in place.

Still, commissioners said a resolution provides a clear document for business owners and the public.

“The public is definitely going to want a say in these arrangements,” board Chairman Jeff Kinnard said. “I want to make sure we give the public the opportunity to chime in.”

Commissioner Ron Kitchen Jr. said the ordinance should remove the term “board policy document” and replace it with “resolution."

“I have not heard an argument that says economic development will be slowed down by one day,” he said.

With the wording change, commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance.

Contact Chronicle reporter Mike Wright at 352-563-3228 or mwright@chronicleonline.com.

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