CITY OF MOUNT DORA, FLORIDA
Mount Dora is located in central Florida approximately 25 miles northwest of Orlando. The City covers over 11 square miles and has the flavor of a small town with hilly terrain, several lakes, a large canopy of oak trees and many historic buildings. Mount Dora is at the border of the growth spreading from the Orlando-Metro (Orange County) area. The City has approved housing developments in its joint planning area (JPA) that may double the effective population of the City when the current anticipated projects are completed. In addition to residential growth in Mount Dora, commercial growth along U.S. 441 has expanded with major chain retailers and restaurants that depend on larger populations for their success. In addition, the City has seen a recent increase in residential development. Florida Living Magazine recognized Mount Dora as Florida's friendliest small town and as having the best antique shopping area in the State. Mount Dora is also known as "The Festival City" hosting major special events which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually.
The City Charter provides for a Council/Manager form of government. The mission and direction for the City organization is established by a seven-member City Council. The Mayor is elected at large and serves as Council president. There are two councilmembers elected at large and four councilmembers elected by district. The city manager is appointed by the City Council. Once City Council provides the Vision and Mission Statements for planning purposes, the task of directing resources and activities to achieve those goals falls to the City Manager as the Chief Executive Officer of the City. It is the responsibility of the City Manager to carry out the mandates and enforce the policies set by the Council within the budget established by Council. The City Manager has a committed staff to assist with fulfilling these duties. City staff is arranged into ten departments: Information Technology, Economic Development, Police, Fire, Public Works and Utilities, Planning and Development, Leisure Services, Human Resources, Finance and Electric. . Each department is run by a professional from the appropriate field. These department heads, along with their assistants and division managers, comprise the City's management team. The City Manager relies on the expertise of the management team to ensure that the goals and objectives of the City are met efficiently and effectively. The City's projected 2020/21 Budget for total expenditures and other uses is $126,227,375. The General Fund is $21,689,397. Municipal services provided by 237 full-time and 83 part-time employees.