County Commission District 7

Mack Bernard

  • Marital Status: Married
  • Education: Doctorate degree
  • BS, Criminal Justice/Political Science, Florida State University
  • JD, University of Florida
  • LL.M, Taxation, University of Florida
    • Recent Job: Attorney, 2002 - present
  • Attorney, 2002 - present
  • Bernard & Auguste, P.A., Managing Partner, 2007 - present
  • Previous races


    State Senate, District 27 (2012)

    State Representative, District 84, (2009 - 2012)

    Delray Beach City Commission, Deputy Vice Mayor, (2008 - 2009)

    Other Political Experience

  • Florida Elections Commission (2014 - 2015)
  • Do you think Palm Beach County voters should approve the penny-per-dollar sales tax increase?
    Yes. The one penny sales tax will fund local education and infrastructure needs. Our schools need the funds and I fully support having sales tax dollars go to help improve Palm Beach County education. Regarding the infrastructure portion of the sales tax, I would work to ensure local preference is given in contracts, including minority and women owned businesses.
    Are there government records or meetings subject to public disclosure that should be exempt from Florida’s government-in-the-sunshine laws?
    No. Government business should always be conducted in the sunshine to ensure transparency and accountability. As a local resident, businessman, and former Delray Beach City Commissioner and State Representative, I have seen how government in the sunshine enhances our democracy. As County Commissioner, I understand my job is to work for the residents of District 7 and ensure the governing process is open to the public and that they can take part in helping shape the future of our county.
    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 values in Palm Beach County continue to go up and the amount of revenues collected by the county continue to increase as well. We should find ways to use the funds currently collected to fund our infrastructure needs. As the governing body, it is the County Commission’s responsibility to ensure funds are used properly and we are providing the best possible services without burdening taxpayers with additional new taxes.
    Should there be a moratorium on commercial and/or residential development in the county’s Agricultural Reserve?
    No. As Palm Beach County continues to grow and our population increases, housing will become a critical issue. More affordable and mixed housing is needed in Palm Beach County and the Agricultural Reserve can play a role in the process. We should strive for a balanced approach that takes into consideration our community’s housing needs, but ensures local residents are involved in major housing issues and take part in major decisions.
    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?
    No. I would be concerned this proposal would make the sales tax permanent and I would not support that. Any tax proposal that goes to the voters should expire after a certain number of years and have safeguards in place that protect taxpayer dollars, including a citizen review board that monitors how the funds are used.
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