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||County Delays Pullout of Southwest District
||Newspaper article by Len Howell, 'County Delays Pullout of Southwest District." Leesburg Commercial, Mar. 7, 1975
||Howell, Len ( Author )
||Mar. 7, 1975
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 1, Folder 3 ( BOUNDARY CHANGES - WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS, vol. II ), Item 27
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County lcays Pu lout
Of Southwest District
BY LEN HOWELL they can meet with represen- centers around a proposed
Staff Writer tatives from the SJWMD. A future project by the Army
TAVARES Lake County meeting has been tentatively Corps of Engineers now ap-
Commissioners were urged scheduled for March 13. pearing on southwest maps
Tuesday to postpone for 18 McAteer said if the county calling for a canal cutting Big
months transferring from the does not agree to the post- and Little Creeks which could
Southwest Water Management ponement, legislation will be alter the flow of county waters
istricj (SWMD) to the St. initiated at the state level which sending them toward water
Johns Water Management could legally halt the transfer. starved Hillsborough and
District' (SJWMD) to avoid a He added that members of the, Pinellas Counties.
possible loss of all ad valorem southwest board do not oppose McAteer, however, said this
tax revenue in the southwest the transfer in principal, only project will never be completed
district. the possible loss of revenue. and will be removed from
Darrell McAteer, chairman of "We need to be in the district future maps when they are
the SWMD, said all 15 counties where our water goes," said revised.
in the district may lose tax Commissioner Jim Carson who Commissioners also ex-
revenue if Lake County goes favors going ahead with the pressed displeasure with the
ahead with its plans to transfer July 1 transfer. stand southwest took i sup-
to the SJWMD on July 1. He He said the flow of Lake porting the Green Swamp
requested that the transfer be County waters are north in designation in Lake County.
delayed until Dec. 1, 91976. the SJWMD not south, toward McAteer said he realizes that
McAteer said state con- Hillsborough and Pinellas 30 to 40 per cent of the land
stitutional problems have Counties. should not have been classified
arisen whereby if the transfer (southwest is fighting to have
aren w eb ri tran Carson added that the county these lands taken out of the
referendum the district could is not dependent on Southwest designation), but believes the
lose some 38 million in tax funds because it has its own board was forced to support the
taxing powers for water area of critical state concern
management projects, classification because the
He pointed out that the He said the county water county would not establish
district has instigated a law suit authority currently has a .15 special flood prone zoning in the i
(currently in the circuit court) mill levy but was the power to area.
testing the constitutionality of tax up to 1 mill. Commissioners, countered
the possible loss of tax revenue At the present time the stating that no harmful
hut thus far there has been no SWMD levy in the county is .28 development is allowed in the
resolution, mills which generated some area and believe their current
Commissioners decided to $177,000 last year. zoning (called even by McAteer
.take no action on the possible Carson said his main ob- as good as any in the state) is
postponement of transfer until jection to staying in the SWMD adequate to protect the area.