An appeals court Friday overturned a ruling that at least temporarily blocked voter-approved changes to Orange County’s government.
The decision by a three-judge panel of the 5th District Court of Appeal centered on ballot measures approved by Orange County voters in 2016.
The changes call for the offices of sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and clerk of circuit court to lose their status as “constitutional” offices. Instead, they are slated to become “charter” offices filled in non-partisan elections and subject to term limits. The Florida Association for Constitutional Officers filed a lawsuit seeking to block the changes.
An Orange County circuit judge issued a stay, preventing the charter changes from moving forward. But Friday’s decision overturned that stay, saying the “trial court’s order constitutes a temporary injunction without notice and the trial court failed to meet the requirements for the entry of such an order.”