Title: Letter responding to request
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Title: Letter responding to request
Alternate Title: Letter responding to request for information on financial operation of SWFWMD
Physical Description: 5p.
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 1, Folder 7 ( FUNDING WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS ), Item 70
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October 15, 1971

Mr. Ralph A. Mills, Fiscal Analyst
Florida House of Representatives
Committee on Appropriations
Room 215, Holland Building
Tallahassee, Florida 32304

Dear Mr. Mills:

In response to your letter of October 5, 1971, requesting certain Information about
the financial operation of this District, we are enclosing the information you
requested. To further assist we have prepared a summary which generally answers
each of your questions in a little more detail. Each of the answers on the summary
is Indexed to get you easily into the more detailed information.

If you have any further questions or if we can clarify any matter that is confusing
please call me, or Jake Van, here at 796-3511.

Very truly yours,

Executive Director




It is important that it is understood from the outset that the Southwest Florida
Water Management District operates under eleven separate and distinct budgets. There
is a District budget and ten basin budgets, each of which governs the total operation.
The monies in these basin budgets cannot be transferred from one budget to another and
can only be used for certain purposes. For more detail on the restrictions see the answer
to question 2C. If more information is required refer to Sections 7 and 8, Chapter 61-691,
Laws of Florida (1961) a copy is enclosed. For boundaries of District and basins, refer
to Exhibit 1.

I. Budgets The operating budgets for the last five years are shown as Exhibits
1A, IB, 1C, ID and IE. If more detail is needed, you can refer to the Annual Financial
Reports for this period.

Summarized below is a chart reflecting the relationship between the amount of
our operating budgets and the reserve.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Fiscal Year Combined Budgets Combined Reserves %* P-A Reserve P-A Millage %**

66-67 4,796,825 1,303,484- 27.2 562,655 -0- 15.5
67-68 3,937,900 1,113,500 28.3 736,025 0 9.6
68-69 4,577,620 1,397,770 30.6 858,290 -0- 11.8
69-70 5,263,465 1,096,215 20.8 746,385 -0- 6.6
70-71 5,019,155 462,875 9.2 184,085 -0- 5.5
71-72 5,161,125 621,900 12.0 147,675 -0- 9.2

Combined Reserves (100Combined Reserves PA Reserve100)
"*% = Combined Budget **%= Combined Budget

P-A indicates Pinellas-Anclote Basin

The chart has been expanded to present what we feel is a truer picture of the relationship
between the amount of reserves and the amount of the combined budgets. For many years
the reserve within the Pinellas-Anclote Basin was extremely high because in the early
1960's the basin anticipated the construction of the Upper Tampa Bay Fresh Water Lake.
In order to be able to meet the expected construction costs of the project the basin levied
taxes several years prior to construction to meet the expected costs. The project was
halted in Fiscal Year 1966-67 and the Pinellas-Anclote Basin was left with over $850,000
on hand. Since Fiscal Year 1965-66 the Pinellas-Anclote Basin has not levied an ad
valorem tax and has been able to meet its yearly obligations using the previously acquired
funds. The percentage shown in column 7 presents a truer picture of the amount of reserves
maintained in the eleven different budgets.

2. Collection of revenue through mill levy

a. Method of assessment The District Governing Board is authorized to levy

annually an ad valorem tax on all property within the District subject to
county taxes. The taxes are extended by the county tax assessor on the
county tax roll in each county and are collected by the county tax
collector, in the same manner and time as county taxes, and the proceeds
therefrom paid to the District. The tax assessor, tax collector and clerk
of the circuit court of the respective counties are entitled to compensation
for services performed in connection with such taxes at the same rates as
apply to county taxes. For more details see Chapter 61-691, Laws of
Florida (1961).

b. Maximum level The District Governing Board levys two taxes. One is
a district-wide tax for district-wide purposes; the other is a basin tax and
can only be used for basin purposes. The maximum on the District tax is
0.3 mills and the maximum on the basin taxes is 1.0 mill. Because of
the separate basin board arrangement as required in the law, it is
necessary to operate with 11 separate and distinct budgets. For more
details see Chapter 61-691, Laws of Florida (1961).

c. Restrictions on use The District funds, as distinguished from the basin
funds, are used primarily for District administration and work within the
Green Swamp. The basins funds are used entirely within the basin in
which the funds are assessed and collected. The primary purposes for
basin funds are engineering studies, projects other than "Four River
Basins, Florida", land for canal right-of-way in "Four River Basins,
Florida" project, maintenance and operation of works within the basin
and administrative activities within the basin. For more details see
Chapter 61-691, Laws of Florida (1961).

d. Annual income generated
1. For Fiscal Year 1970-71
a. District tax of .08 mill generated $523,961.36
b. Basin taxes
1) Alafia 0.09 mill generated $ 46,419.91
2) Crystal-Homosassa 0.37 mill generated 34,843.31
3) Hillsborough 0.83 mill generated 1,054,029.17
4) Northwest Hillsborough 0.63 mill generated 311,227,28
5) Oklawaha 0.17 mill generated 117,896.59
6) Pinellas-Anclote 0 mill generated 36.48
7) Pithlachascotee .80 mill generated 142,427.90
8) Waccasassa .18 mill generated 17,145.76
9) Withlacoochee .47 mill generated 137,561.15
10) Peace .16 mill generated 149,468.17

Total income generated-$2,535,017.08

3. Construction Activity To aid in identifying the work the Southwest Florida
Water Management District is doing as the local sponsor under the "Four River Basins,
Florida" project (FRB) please refer to the enclosed maps, labeled as Exhibit 3.


A. Current Status of Construction

1. FRB Works Completed
Construction Cost $8.2 Million
Land Cost $ .3 Million
See breakdown on page 3 of 4 of Exhibit 3A

2. FRB Works Under Construction
Estimated Construction Cost $10.9 Million
-Estimated Land Cost $ 2.1 Million
See breakdown on page 2 of 4 of Exhibit 3A

3. FRB Works Expected to be Under Construction in Near Future
Estimated Construction Cost $14.5 Million
Estimated Land Cost $ 3.8 Million
See breakdown on page 2 of 4 of Exhibit 3A

4. Works Other Than FRB Completed
Construction Cost $5.3 Million
Land Cost $ .1 Million
See breakdown on page 1 of 4 of Exhibit 3A

5. Works Other Than FRB Under Construction
Estimated Construction Cost $1.2 Million

B. Projections of construction projects While the District does not have a
10-year plan, it does maintain a priority list for planning and construc-
tion (see Exhibit 3B). Past experience has shown that you might expect
planning to be initiated on items one through eight each year. Likewise,
annual construction might be initiated on items one through three. The
amount of planning and construction will depend on the amount of Federal
funds that are made available during the next fiscal year. The estimated
costs for some of the items on the priority list can be found on page 2 of 4
of Exhibit 3A. See Exhibit 3 for location of proposed construction.

C. Funding
1. Fiscal Year 1970-71 Amount %
a. Federal Government $3,782,325.67 38
b. State of Florida $3,200,000.00 32
c. SWFWMD $2,892,691.32 30

2. Fiscal Year 1971-72 Amount %
a. Federal Government* $3,280,000.00 34
b. State of Florida** $1,400,000.00 14
c. SWFWMD*** $5,019,155.00 52

"*President's Budget
**Appropriation to SWFWMD in Water Resources Development Account
"***SWFWMD Budget


The Federal funds are used for the planning done by the Corps of Engineers and
for 83% of the construction costs of the "Four River Basins, Florida" project.
The State funds are used for the purchase of water storage lands, 17% of the
"Four River Basins, Florida" project construction costs and bridge construction.


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