Apply for an Advisory Board

Advisory Board positions are advertised as openings become available. 

To apply for an opening, download the Advisory Board application form. Complete the form and return it by email, fax or mail.

  Email to:

  Fax to: (941) 745-3790

  Mail to:
Board of County Commissioners
ATTN: Advisory Boards
1112 Manatee Avenue West, Suite 902
Bradenton, FL 34205

Download Application Form

If you have questions about the application process please call the Advisory Board liaison for that specific board.


Current Advisory Board Opportunities

Tourist Development Council Advisory Board-One Vacancy

Tourist Development Council Advisory Board

Applications will be accepted until July 10, 2019, for one seat on the Tourist Development Council, a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the expenditures of tourist tax revenues.


  • One seat for  an owner/operator (General Manager) of a motel, hotel, recreational vehicle park or other tourist accommodation in the County and subject to the 5 percent resort tax in Manatee County.
  • All applicants must be registered voters in Manatee County.


The TDC is comprised of nine members who make recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners concerning the effective operation of the projects set forth in the Tourist Development Plan and the uses for which tourist development tax revenues may be spent. Meetings are on the third Monday of every month at 9 a.m. at various locations throughout Manatee County.

The hotelier term expires June 30, 2021.


Monica Luff
(941) 729-9177, ext. 3944

Value Adjustment Advisory Board-One Vacancy

Value Adjustment Advisory Board

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, May 2, 2019, and may be found online at

Manatee County has an opening for a citizen member on the 2019 Value Adjustment Board which hears appeals regarding denied property tax exemptions, petitions relating to assessments, and appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals. 

The VAB appoints special magistrates to hear petitions relating to:

· assessments filed pursuant to Section 194.011(3), F.S.;

· complaints relating to homestead exemptions as provided under Section 196.151, F.S.;

· appeals from exemptions denied, or disputes arising from exemptions granted, upon the filing of exemption applications under Section 196.011, F.S.; and

· appeals concerning ad valorem tax deferrals and classifications.

After the special magistrate hearings, the VAB meets to consider and act upon the recommended decisions of the magistrates.


Applicants must own homestead property within Manatee County; and must not be a member or employee of any taxing authority in this state, or represent property owners, property appraisers, tax collectors, or taxing authorities in any administrative or judicial review of property taxes.


The Board meets at least twice a year in the first floor Chambers of Manatee County Administrative Center, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, Florida 34205.


For more information, call Vicki Tessmer at (941) 741-4018, or e-mail her at