FAQ’s

County Business Travel

“The travel is related to County memberships we have with associations and are approved and reviewed by the County Comptroller. These organizations offer county commissioners across the nation and state of Florida training to be the best public servants we can be. As part of the county membership, we also sit on policy committees in these organizations where we learn, discuss, and vote on policies we will advocate for or against at the federal and state levels. 

I sit on 3 policy committees in the Florida Association of Counties (FAC), I am Vice-Chair of one committee and a member on 3 other committees in the National Association of Counties (NACo), and I have advocated on a special committee on the Census with the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO). Sitting on these committees is part of our participation as a County Member and requires us to attend the conferences and lobbying in DC (NACo) and Tallahassee (FAC).

As a County Member of the organizations, we have received a large return on investment. My district alone has benefitted with $2.5 million on just one project. Just for being an involved county member of FAC alone, the county has saved over $800,000 on taxpayer dollars in 2019. My work with NACo, has brought our county $243 million dollars for COVID-19 Relief Funds. Therefore, I would say that $6,000-8,000 a year for the last 3 years in travel expenses out of an over $4 billion annual budget is minimal – considering the return of hundreds of millions of dollars to the county and my district.” Emily Bonilla

Appointed Positions

  • Orange County Vice Mayor
  • Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board
  • Orange County Value Adjustment Board
  • Orange County Procurement Committee
  • Metro Plan Orlando Board
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Committee
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Executive Committee
  • East Central Florida Regional Planning Council Resiliency Committee
  • Florida Association of Counties Growth, Agriculture, Transportation and Environment Policy Committee
  • Florida Association of Counties Water Policy Committee
  • Florida Association of Counties Urban Caucus
  • Florida Association of Counties Board of Directors
  • National Association of Counties Community, Economic, and Workforce Development Steering Committee
  • National Association of Counties Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee
  • National Association of Counties Large Urban County Caucus
  • National Association of Counties Resiliency Counties Advisory Board
  • National Association of Counties Arts and Culture Commission
  • National Association of Counties Health and Housing Education Cohort
  • National Association of Latino Elected Officials Census Day in DC Advocacy Group