Community Interests

As the duly elected legislative and policy making body of municipal government, the City of Gainesville Commission recognizes its role and responsibility to educate the public about any issue of importance to the community it serves.

The City of Gainesville Commission may, on occasion, issue policy direction enabling city staff to participate in fact-based public education activities which do not expressly advocate for or against an issue.

This position of the City Commission is consistent with the opinion of the Florida Division of Elections (DE 12-5):   “local government expenditures for communications that do not satisfy the definition of a ‘political advertisement’ are not prohibited by section 106.113 [Florida Statutes].”  To meet the definition of a political advertisement as defined in chapter 106, Florida Statutes, the communication “must contain words which expressly advocate the approval or rejection of an issue based upon the ‘magic words’ standard found in Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976).”