Hobe Sound and Indiantown took another step Friday toward becoming self-governing towns, complete with elected councils and administrators.
The Martin County Board of County Commissioners voted to tell state officials that it supports the efforts of groups backing incorporation “to follow the legislative process.”
County officials now govern the communities. Both Hobe Sound, a hamlet of 15,000 just north of Jupiter, and Indiantown, a rural community of 6,000 in western Martin County, both want greater control over how land is developed and buildings are constructed.
Residents would pay taxes both to the towns and the county if the communities set up their own governments. Both communities would keep the Martin County fire and sheriff’s services.
Legislation before the state — and backed by Martin County’s state representatives and senators — calls for area residents to vote on becoming towns in November. Both houses must approve the legislation and Gov. Rick Scott must sign it before a vote can happen.