Sumter County District 3 Commissioner
Commissioner Burgess was appointed by the Governor on June 5, 2009, re-elected for a 2 year term in November 2010 and re-elected for a 4 year term in August 2012 and re-elected for a 4 year term in 2016. He presently serves as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners.
On April 26, 2011, the Board revised the boundaries of the Commission Districts. Commissioner Burgess resides in District 3, which includes the general areas of:
- The Villages - North of C-466E and East of CR 101
- Village of Tall Trees
- Village of Bonnybrook
- Balanced budgets
- Low taxes
- Efficient government services
- Conservative values
- A great place to live, work and enjoy retirement
In January 2015, Commissioner Burgess was awarded the 2015 Lake-Sumter MPO Horizon Award for Leadership.
Commissioner Burgess serves on the following committees:
Lake-Sumter MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) Past Chairman and presently member of the Governing Board and Second-Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee
The Lake-Sumter MPO provides a forum for cooperative decision making concerning transportation issues throughout the area of Lake and Sumter counties in Florida. As the lead agency for regional transportation planning, the MPO is responsible for the planning of several modes of transportation.
The Lake-Sumter MPO's regional planning allows for the allocation of millions of dollars in federal transportation funding annually. The MPO also helps citizens speak with one voice to their state and federal legislators on transportation-related issues. Most importantly, effective public involvement ensures scarce tax dollars are used in accordance with the greatest needs and desires of the community.
The Lake-Sumter MPO seeks to improve transportation in both counties for all modes of travel, including mass transit, walking, bicycling, rail, air, as well as the automobile. The MPO prioritizes capital improvements to address the counties' travel needs and allocates federal funding to implement the projects as identified in the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP).
Chairman, Sumter County Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board (TDCB)
Planning for the transportation disadvantaged is supported with funds from the Florida State Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged. These funds are provided to the Lake-Sumter MPO to support the planning functions of the two Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Boards in the Lake-Sumter MPO Area.
The Coordinating Boards each serve in an advisory capacity to the Lake-Sumter MPO. The primary purpose of each Coordinating Board is to assist the MPO in identifying local service needs and in providing information, advice and direction to the Community Transportation Coordinators (CTCs) in both Lake and Sumter Counties.
Member of the Florida MPO-Advisory Council
Member of the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council