Municipal & Home Rule Resources


"Getting to Know Your Florida Cities" DVD 

This training tool has been developed to help citizens, the media, civic organizations, schools and others learn more about municipal governments in the Sunshine State.

The DVD is provided to cities, schools and newly elected officials. It also is available to print and television media personnel throughout the state. Each chapter can stand alone, or it may be used with the rest of the DVD material for a "full course" on municipal government.

  • Chapter 1: What is a city in Florida?
  • Chapter 2: What are city powers and responsibilities?
  • Chapter 3: What services do cities provide?
  • Chapter 4: What are key city positions?
  • Chapter 5: What funds are used in a city budget?
  • Chapter 6: What are intergovernmental relationships?
  • Chapter 7: What are the unique characteristics of Florida cities?
  • Chapter 8: Learn more about Florida cities.
Contact Sharon Berrian to request a copy of the DVD. 

Cities 101 Glossary of Terms

Authentic Civic Engagement: A Guide for Municipal Leaders (NLC)

National League of Cities Youth Civic Engagement

Home Rule = Local Control
Home Rule 101 Webinar

Understanding Florida's Home Rule Powers for Cities and Counties

Unfunded Mandates Webinar

History of Florida's Property Tax
Video: How Your City Government Works

City Government 101 Cartoon