LWVVC Positions

LWVVC Positions

Although non-partisan, The League of Women Voters of Volusia County studies many local issues. For state-wide and national issues which the LWVVC also supports, see the LWVF and LWVUS websites. See also LWV's Impact on Issues - Online Edition which is designed to help League leaders use LWVUS public policy positions effectively at the state and local levels.

Below is the current list of positions we have taken on these local issues, as re-adopted at the LWVVC General Meeting, May 14, 2016:

COUNTY CHARTER

[revised position, adopted April 6, 2013 and re-adopted May 14, 2016]

The League of Women Voters of Volusia County:

  • Supports protections of the County Charter and its principles, to include monitoring County Council to ensure that the principles are implemented.
  • Supports an appointed (rather than elected) sheriff, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and clerk of courts, all with professional qualifications.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

[revised position, adopted April 6, 2013 and re-adopted May 14, 2016]

The League of Women Voters of Volusia County is concerned about the negative consequences of rapid growth throughout the region. These positions address the goals and processes of comprehensive planning and require coordination among the governments of Volusia County. In order to preserve the quality of life in Volusia County:

  • LWVVC supports Volusia County and the municipalities within its borders working together to protect the environment while providing reasonable use of the land and restricting the use of wetland mitigation.
  • LWVVC supports buffering of environmentally sensitive land and water bodies and encourages developing open, recreational, and green spaces to enhance and maintain quality of life within the county and its municipalities.
  • LWVVC supports giving public interest priority regarding the conservation of our natural habitats in Volusia County.
  • LWVVC supports increased consideration to potable water issues, including the assurance of clean water, in the Comprehensive Plans of Volusia County and its municipalities.
  • LWVVC supports development of effective drainage systems to improve recharge and retention areas and reduce flooding in Volusia County and its municipalities.
  • LWVVC encourages Volusia County and its municipalities to work together to direct regional growth in a responsible manner.
  • LWVVC supports measures to ensure that any comprehensive plan amendment or rezoning that permits increased residential density may be approved only if adequate public schools can be timely planned and constructed to serve the projected increase in student population.

NATURAL RESOURCES

[re-adopted May 14, 2016]
Water: The League of Women Voters of Volusia County supports efforts to conserve and protect our water supply as an essential part of ecosystem management. These efforts include:

  • The County Council's continued implementation of Volusia County's stormwater management ordinance.
  • LWVVC's continued participation in the LWV Coalition to monitor the St. Johns River Water Management District.
  • LWVVC supports coordinated management to protect Volusia County's aquifer and the recharge area.
  • Establishment of a county-wide entity to govern water usage.
Stormwater
  • Recognizing that stormwater basins and sub-canal systems cross city/community boundaries, LWVVC believes that Volusia County should be primarily responsible for their maintenance.
  • LWVVC supports both county and local stormwater fees.
  • LWVVC supports continued and expanded use of re-claimed water.
  • Local municipalities should include streetsweeping in their stormwater management plans to minimize pollution by debris in collection systems and basins.
  • In addition to preventing flooding, effective stormwater management plans must provide for:
    1. reduction of pollutants entering the waterways.
    2. reduction of desalination of salt water tributaries in the county.
    3. reclamation of stormwater to reduce the demands on the aquifer.
    4. reduction of runoff pollution entering the aquifer.

CHILDREN'S SERVICES

[revised position adopted 4/24/2010 and re-adopted May 14, 2016]

The League of Women Voters of Volusia County supports making children's services a top priority in Volusia County with an emphasis on:

  • Prenatal health care that includes screenings for maternal and fetal wellbeing; maternal screenings and treatment for social- emotional health and for addictions.
  • Comprehensive healthcare for children that includes preventive screenings and timely treatment of physical, emotional and behavioral problems.
  • Age appropriate educational programs for children that include access to factual programs in sex education, parenting, child development and addictive substances.
The League of Women Voters of Volusia County supports the following recommendations for local legislative or community action:
  • Create a resource center to collect, coordinate and disseminate information about services to children available in Volusia County, that will be made available to parents and professionals working with children.
  • Require training of all childcare personnel in child development and behavioral interventions.
  • Require licensure of all family childcare homes.
  • Encourage employers to provide or subsidize childcare for employees.

TRANSPORTATION

(position adopted 1/10/2015 and re-adopted May 14, 2016]

The League of Women Voters of Volusia County supports the following recommendations regarding local transportation systems in Volusia County:

  • LWVVC supports apportioning sources of land transportation revenue to all forms of transportation and believes it is the responsibility of cities, county, state and federal governments to fund mass transit for Volusia County.
  • LWVVC supports safe access to schools, shopping, and neighborhoods through the establishment of well-connected walking and bicycling networks as an important component for livable communities.
  • LWVVC supports extending and improving public transportation in order to create better local and regional connectivity.
  • LWVVC supports requiring that all public transit stops adhere to Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • LWVVC supports land-use changes that will encourage the use of efficient public transportation.