SFCD Bill Author
By LAIRD ANDERSON derived from property taxes
Times Capital Bureau "we feel the legislature has an
TALLAHASSEE The au- interest in protecting the mon-
thor of the House-passed bill ey of those affected."
that would require the Central "To get an idea of where the
and Southern Florida Flood money goes," is the reason cit-
Control District (FCD) to get ed by Rep. David Clark, R-
legislative approval of its bud- North Palm Beach, for his af-
get says he is confident the firmative vote.
Senate will also clear the mea- "It doesn't hurt to have a
sure, little legislative control."
"I don't anticipate trouble in "Many persons living in the
the Senate,'" said Rep. Carl southern part of the state and
Ogden, "D-Jacksonville, spon- Palm Beach County in particu-
sor of the bill that passed the lar have expressed diss.Mtisfac-
House Tuesday 98-0. tion with policies of the Flood
Senate President Jerry Control District, saying they
Thonmas. D-Jupiter, referred are ignoring concerns of envi-
the bill to the Ways and Means ronmentalists," said Rep.
Co)ar,,vednesday. Jack M. Poorbaugh, R-Jupiter.
FCD officials have said they "This bill will give a greater
will fight passage of the bill by degree of leverage over this
the upper chamber. txoy.
The FCD's operating budget O0den tle House maiority
is funded from property taxes leaTer, charged that the D
collected in the 18 counties the .I.es more taxes than it needs
district encompasses. Legisla- or operations an f-at any
tat are mierai ns andb thatmoany
tion purposes. approved by the legislU.are.
All members of the Palm
1Beach County tHouse delega- Oaden and IReo. ...rshal
tion approved the measure. a-rris iami- chamanof
They agreed that the budget the Housea /propration, -
needs legislative control. Committee has criticize th
i Rep. Donald Hazelton, R- FCI0 on several occasion-tol
West Palm Beach, said his not making its budget more
mail on the subject favors leg- detailed.
_ islative approval of the budget
and "it seems to me there The bill also affects the buc
needs to be a little more check gets of the Southwest Florid
on where the money is going." Water Management Distric
Rep. Russell Sykes, R-North the West Coast Inlet Navig,
Palm Beach, said that even tion District and the Florid
i l"ough the operating funds are Inland Navigatiihn District.