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  • Public Records
  • Social Media Comments Policy
  • Controlling Public's Access to Areas Within Enclosed OCTC Business Offices in Order to Avoid Disruption of Business Activity

Public Records

Florida has a very broad public records law. As a result, any written communication created or received by Orange County Tax Collector officials and employees will be made available to the public and media upon request, unless such written communication falls within an exception or exemption to the Public Records Act.

Information collected at this site, including email addresses, becomes public record and may be subject to inspection and copy by the public unless prohibited by exception or exemption in the law. Information collected by the Orange County Tax Collector in a feedback form, registration form, or other form on this site, unless specifically exempted, is a public record.

In accordance with 2017-21, Laws of Florida / § 119, Florida Statutes.

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Social Media Comments Policy

The Office’s intent is to maintain a moderated public discussion directly relating to topics posted by the Office. The Office shall reserve the right to edit, hide or remove content, including comments, messages, photos, graphics or videos posted by the public, based upon certain criteria, including content that:

  • Is not topically related to the post being commented upon.
  • Includes profane language, photos, graphics or videos.
  • Promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination, including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of race, gender, color, age, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or identity, or status with regard to public assistance.
  • Contains sexual content or links to sexual content.
  • Solicits commerce not sanctioned by the Office.
  • Conducts or encourages illegal activity.
  • Contains information that may compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems.
  • Violates a copyright, trademark or other legal ownership interest of another party.
  • Contains disparaging personal remarks or acrimony towards an employee of the Office, public official, another commenter, or any person.
  • Contains campaign information from a candidate for elected office or information related to a candidate’s personal campaign.

All content that is edited, hidden or removed by the Office will be retained in accordance with Chapter 119, The Florida Public Records Act.

Accusations that an employee of the Office is guilty of any criminal conduct or immoral activity will not be permitted. If a person believes that there is a legitimate basis upon which to make a formal complaint against the Office or any of its employees, then appropriate alternative means of registering such complaint should be utilized.

Controlling Public's Access to Areas Within Enclosed OCTC Business Offices in Order to Avoid Disruption of Business Activity

Consistent with decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court and other Federal and State Courts, public access to areas within enclosed facilities owned/leased and controlled by governmental entities may be restricted depending upon whether such areas are classified as a “designated public forum”, “limited designated public forum”, or “nonpublic forum”. How areas within enclosed facilities owned/leased and controlled by governmental entities are classified based upon an area’s intended use.

All OCTC controlled office areas (hereinafter “OCTC Office(s)”) are leased and intended exclusively for the use of OCTC employees in the conduct of OCTC business, have never been used for public meetings, and are therefore classified as “nonpublic forums.”  Only persons who are present to engage in legitimate public business with OCTC employees shall be authorized to be in these OCTC Office nonpublic forums.

The OCTC does hereby implement these policies and procedures (“Policy and Procedure”) to regulate and control public access within OCTC Offices to provide for the security and privacy of public visitors; to provide for the security and privacy of OCTC employees; and to minimize potential disruptions to the work of the OCTC Offices.  Any person who engages in conduct that causes disruptions to the work of an OCTC’s Office shall be deemed to no longer be present within the OCTC Office to engage in legitimate public business and therefore will not be authorized to be within the OCTC Office.

It shall be a violation of this Policy and Procedure to be within an OCTC Office (a nonpublic forum) without authorization.  Unauthorized persons found by an OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) to be within an OCTC Office and who refuse to leave the OCTC Office upon request of the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee), shall be considered a trespasser.  Law Enforcement, at its option, at the request of the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) may issue a trespass warning notice for this conduct.

It shall be a violation of this Policy and Procedure, to record video and/or sound within an OCTC Office without the consent of all persons whose voice or image is being recorded.  This prohibition shall not apply to any Law Enforcement activities.  In addition to being a violation of this Policy and Procedure, if anyone who is observed to be recording video and/or sound within an OCTC Office, without the consent of all persons whose voice or image is being recorded, and such person refuses to cease activity after being advised that such activity is prohibited under this Policy and Procedure, then such refusal shall be considered a disruption to the work of the OCTC Office (a nonpublic forum).  Therefore, such persons shall be deemed to no longer be present within the OCTC office area on legitimate public business.  The OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) is hereby authorized on behalf of the OCTC to request any person who refuses to cease the unconsented video and/or sound recording to immediately leave the OCTC Office.  Any person who refuses to cease the unconsented video and/or sound recording, and refuses to immediately leave the OCTC Office following the request of the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee), shall be considered as a trespasser.  Law Enforcement, at its option, at the request of the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) may issue a trespass warning notice for this conduct.

The OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) may have cause to remove any person they determine:

    1. Acts in any manner which violates or is reasonably suspected to violate any federal, state or local law, ordinance, rule or regulation; or
    2. Acts in any manner which violates any OCTC Policy and Procedure.

The OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) is hereby authorized on behalf of the OCTC to warn persons of prohibited activity and request such activity to cease.  Law Enforcement, at its option, at the request of the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) may issue a trespass warning notice for these violations of conduct.

The OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) is hereby authorized on behalf of the OCTC to warn persons who have entered into or remain in areas where they are not authorized to be, and to request such persons to depart.  The OCTC Office Manager (or their designee), are hereby authorized to call upon Law Enforcement to treat as trespassers any persons who refuse to depart after such a request has been made.  Law Enforcement, at its option, may enforce any person’s refusal to depart by means of Section 810.08 and 810.09, Florida Statutes or issue a trespass warning notice.

OCTC Office Area Rules.  The following conduct is prohibited within the interior spaces of all OCTC Offices (a nonpublic forum):

    1. Engaging in any conduct prohibited by federal, State of Florida, or local government law.
    2. Possessing any weapons, except as specifically permitted by law ordinance, rule or regulation, including the Policy & Procedure set forth above.
    3. Smoking, chewing tobacco, use of e-cigarettes or vaping devised, or carrying any lighted or smoldering pipe, cigar, or cigarette.
    4. Disruptive, harassing or unsafe behavior, including conduct which interferes with OCTC employees, officials or contractors in the performance of their duties, or interferes with the proper use of the OCTC Office by others.
    5. Abusive or harassing behavior, including use or display or obscene language, gestures, or graphics.
    6. Blocking entrances, exits, fire exits, access areas, or otherwise interfering with the provision of services or the use of the OCTC Office.
    7. Entering or remaining in an OCTC Office (a nonpublic forum) without authorization.
    8. Any act which could result in substantial risk of harm to persons or property.
    9. Disrupting OCTC business, events, or other OCTC sponsored or authorized activities.
    10. Leaving unattended packages, backpacks, luggage, or other personal items.  Any such items are subject to immediate confiscation.
    11. Laying down or sleeping in chairs, benches, or otherwise.
    12. Possession of illegal drugs.
    13. Posting or affixing to an OCTC Office without permission from the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee), any signs, leaflets, posters, flyers, pamphlets, brochures, and written, pictorial or graphic material of any kind.
    14. Tampering with or unauthorized use of building or facility systems or devices, including electrical, plumbing, locks, doors or cameras.
    15. Recording video and/or sound within an OCTC Office without the consent of all persons whose voice or image is being recorded.  This prohibition shall not apply to any Law Enforcement activities.  In addition to being a violation of this Policy and Procedure, if anyone who is observed to be recording video and/or sound within an OCTC Office, without the consent of all persons whose voice or image is being recorded, and such person refuses to cease activity after being advised that such activity is prohibited under this Policy and Procedure, then such refusal shall be considered a disruption to the work of the OCTC Office (a nonpublic forum).  Therefore, such persons shall be deemed to no longer be present within the OCTC Office on legitimate public business.  The OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) are hereby authorized on behalf of the OCTC to request any person who refuses to cease the unconsented video and/or sound recording to immediately leave the OCTC Office.  Any person who refuses to cease the unconsented video and/or sound recording, and refuses to immediately leave the OCTC Office following the request of the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee), shall be considered as a trespasser.  Law Enforcement, at its option, at the request of the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) may issue a trespass warning notice for this conduct.
    16. Remaining in an OCTC Office after posted hours of operation or after the conclusion of an authorized event.
    17. Failure to cease conduct specifically prohibited in items 1 through 16 above immediately after a request by the OCTC Office Manager (or their designee) to do so.
    18. A copy of the foregoing Facility Rules shall be posted in close proximity to all public entrances of OCTC Offices.

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