The Umatilla City Council is comprised of five city residents elected at large during municipal elections held on even numbered years. The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office runs the city election in tandem with County, State, and Federal elections. The term of office is four (4) years.
In November 2012, the city voters approved a referendum question (Resolution 2012-15) placing term limits of twelve (12) consecutive years or three (3) terms upon the elected office of Council member.
An election for Seats 1, 2 and 3 will be held on November 3, 2020.
The Qualifying Period for the 2020 election will be held in mid-June 2020. Information regarding qualifying packets will be posted to this space no later than 90 days prior to the Qualifying Period.
Please contact City Clerk Karen Howard to set up an appointment to review qualifying packets at (352)669-3125 or via email at email@example.com
Terms for City Council Seats are staggered: Council Seats 1, 2, and 3 are up for election in one cycle and Council Seats 4 and 5 are up for election in the next cycle. The election for Seats 1, 2, and 3 was most recently held in November 2016 and the Seats will up for election again in November 2020.
Under the City Charter, the City Council is the legislative power of the City of Umatilla and has the power to: levy and collect taxes upon all property, occupations, privileges, professions, services and utilities taxable according to law; to appropriate money for the payment of debts and expenses of the City and the municipal corporation and to make regulations for the health, safety, peace and well-being of all of its citizens; to establish hospitals, jails, houses of detention, or correction, to provide police and fire protection, waste collection, water, power and gas service, transportation, public assemblage, cultural and educational facilities, streets, roads, avenues, sidewalks, sewers and sewerage equipment, illumination of streets and public places; provide parks and recreational areas, civil defense, defense and protection, food and health laws, fair weights and measures, removal of noxious activities, to imprison according to law and punish by imprisonment, fine or punish by hard labor, to provide and enforce building and construction requirements, to examine and license business, activities and professions, to own and lease public buildings, to own, lease, purchase and sell real and personal property, control waterways and waters, erect and own docks, seawalls and water control devices; to investigate charges against councilmen, officers or employees in such other matters as the Council shall determine to conduct meetings of such investigation, and for such purpose issue subpoenas and compel attendance of persons with any books, records or exhibits and to administer the necessary oaths for such investigation, and to do all things recognized by the State of Florida and the United States as municipal functions for any municipal corporation created under the laws of the State of Florida, and to do all things necessary to this act. The enumeration herein of specific powers shall in nowise be construed to be words of limitation but shall be construed to be in addition to any authorities, powers, rights or duties, usually conducted or connected with municipal corporations and city governments in the State of Florida