Failure of district to disclose financial reports.
189.067 Failure of district to disclose financial reports.—
(1)(a) If notified pursuant to s. 189.066(1), (4), or (5), the department shall attempt to assist a special district in complying with its financial reporting requirements by sending a certified letter to the special district, and, if the special district is dependent, sending a copy of that letter to the chair of the local governing authority. The letter must include a description of the required report, including statutory submission deadlines, a contact telephone number for technical assistance to help the special district comply, a 60-day deadline for filing the required report with the appropriate entity, the address where the report must be filed, and an explanation of the penalties for noncompliance.
(b) A special district that is unable to meet the 60-day reporting deadline must provide written notice to the department before the expiration of the deadline stating the reason the special district is unable to comply with the deadline, the steps the special district is taking to prevent the noncompliance from reoccurring, and the estimated date that the special district will file the report with the appropriate agency. The district’s written response does not constitute an extension by the department; however, the department shall forward the written response as follows:
1. If the written response refers to the reports required under s. 218.32 or s. 218.39, to the Legislative Auditing Committee for its consideration in determining whether the special district should be subject to further state action in accordance with s. 11.40(2)(b).
2. If the written response refers to the reports or information requirements listed in s. 189.066(1), to the local general-purpose government or governments for their consideration in determining whether the oversight review process set forth in s. 189.068 should be undertaken.
3. If the written response refers to the reports or information required under s. 112.63, to the Department of Management Services for its consideration in determining whether the special district should be subject to further state action in accordance with s. 112.63(4)(d)2.
(2) Failure of a special district to comply with the actuarial and financial reporting requirements under s. 112.63, s. 218.32, or s. 218.39 after the procedures of subsection (1) are exhausted shall be deemed final action of the special district. The actuarial and financial reporting requirements are declared to be essential requirements of law. Remedies for noncompliance with ss. 218.32 and 218.39 shall be as provided in ss. 189.0651 and 189.0652. Remedy for noncompliance with s. 112.63 shall be as set forth in subsection (4).
(3) Pursuant to s. 11.40(2)(b), the Legislative Auditing Committee may notify the department of those districts that fail to file the required reports. If the procedures described in subsection (1) have not yet been initiated, the department shall initiate such procedures upon receiving the notice from the Legislative Auditing Committee. Otherwise, within 60 days after receiving such notice, or within 60 days after the expiration of the 60-day deadline provided in subsection (1), whichever occurs later, the department, notwithstanding the provisions of chapter 120, shall file a petition for enforcement with the circuit court. The petition may request declaratory, injunctive, any other equitable relief, or any remedy provided by law. Venue for all actions pursuant to this subsection is in Leon County. The court shall award the prevailing party reasonable attorney’s fees and costs unless affirmatively waived by all parties.
(4) The department may enforce compliance with s. 112.63 by filing a petition for enforcement with the circuit court in and for Leon County. The petition may request declaratory, injunctive, or other equitable relief, including the appointment of a receiver, and any forfeiture or other remedy provided by law.
History.—s. 10, ch. 79-183; s. 79, ch. 81-259; s. 27, ch. 89-169; s. 80, ch. 92-279; s. 55, ch. 92-326; s. 961, ch. 95-147; s. 32, ch. 96-410; s. 20, ch. 97-255; s. 21, ch. 2004-305; s. 23, ch. 2011-34; s. 16, ch. 2011-144; s. 19, ch. 2012-5; s. 43, ch. 2014-22; s. 14, ch. 2016-22.