County Commission District 1

Tony Bennett

  • Party nominating: Democratic
  • City: Jupiter
  • Family: Married, 3 children
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • Nova Southeastern University - J.D. (2007)
  • University of Florida - B.A. in English (2004)
    • Recent Job: Tony Bennett Law, P.A. - Sole Owner/Attorney (2015-Present)
  • Tony Bennett Law, P.A. - Sole Owner/Attorney (2015-Present)
  • Schmitt, Cambron & Assoc. - Attorney (2014-2015)
  • The Stafford Firm - Attorney (2013-2014)
  • Kirwan, Spellacy & Danner - Insurance Defense Attorney - (2011-2013)
  • Office of the Public Defender for Orange and Broward County - Assistant Public Defender (2007-2011)
  • Contributions reported

    Last updated: Oct. 31, 2016. Details.

    Previous races

    This candidate has not previously run for office.

    Other Political Experience

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  • Do you think Palm Beach County voters should approve the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase?
    This is an important decision for the voters of Palm Beach County. I support the sales tax referendum. Our schools need the funds and we cannot continue to delay our infrastructure projects. Furthermore, a significant portion of the sales tax will be paid by out of County residents which should be enticing to voters. I will work to give preference to local contractors. There must also be strong oversight to make sure the funds collected are spent appropriately.
    Are there government records or meetings subject to public disclosure that should be exempt from Florida’s government-in-the-sunshine laws?
    No. I fully support transparency at all levels of government. Public trust in government is unfortunately low and only through open access to records can the public be knowledgeable on the issues affecting them. Government works for the people and they have every right to be fully informed.
    If the sales tax referendum fails, would you support an increase in property taxes to pay for a backlog of county infrastructure projects?
    No. Property tax increases hurt residents and businesses alike. Property values have continued to rise bringing additional revenue to the County. I would work to eliminate excess from the budget and use the savings and additional revenue to fund the most overdue projects first. In addition, I believe borrowing the funds to pay for the delayed infrastructure projects is financially irresponsible. Asking the taxpayer to payback interest on borrowed funds will almost guarantee significant increases in property taxes which I do not want to see for Palm Beach County.
    Should there be a moratorium on commercial and/or residential development in the county’s Agricultural Reserve?
    Yes. The explosion of Western Development has put us in a difficult position as to how services and infrastructure needs will be funded for these projects. The traffic and congestion in these areas are likely to be stifling to residents and time is needed to adjust to the density. The voters were rather clear in what they believed the Agricultural Reserve's purpose should be, yet recently the Commission voted against their will regarding development in the Agricultural Reserve. I do not support that decision. The "Westlake" debacle is the perfect example of how important it is for the Commission to protect our way of life from overdevelopment. We cannot afford, especially financially, to have a Commission being "snookered" on issues of this magnitude.
    Do you favor a proposed tax swap whereby Fire-Rescue's property tax rate would be cut and partially replaced by a county sales tax increase?
    I believe this proposal has promise and should be looked into extensively. Creating diversity in the tax structure for our residents and shifting tax burdens onto out of County visitors is enticing and similar to the penny sales tax referendum philosophy. I would like to see some mechanism to ensure the property tax savings are passed onto renters as well as property owners. Again, oversight on how the funds are spent is crucially important.

    Competitors for this race

    Hal R. Valeche

    - incumbent -

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