Title: SWFWMD position statement by the Governing Board
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Title: SWFWMD position statement by the Governing Board
Alternate Title: SWFWMD position statement by the Governing Board in response to material distributed by DNR at Inter-Agency meeting of Feb. 20, 1973
Physical Description: 1p.
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 3, Folder 3C ( LEGISLATION - BOX 3, FOLDER 3 ), Item 104
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Southwest Florida Water Management Position Statement by the
Governing Board in Response to Material Distributed by
DNR at Inter-Agency Meeting of February 20, 1973

The Governing Board of Southwest Florida Water Management is
in general agreement with the geographic divisions as outlined
in the proposal by the Department of Natural Resources. However,
it has been recently concluded by our Staff based on exhaustive
hydrological studies that the flow of ground waters in the
vicinity of the Suwannee trough and the Withlacoochee trough
more closely follows existing bournaries in that area than it
does the proposed boundaries.

We are prepared to document this and would welcome the opportunity
to make a presentation to the Department.

Further, in analyzing the effect of strict compliance to Chapter
72-299 the Governing Board has concluded that the ad valorem taxing
authority of the existing water management districts, namely
Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District and Southwest
Florida Water Management District, would be placed in serious
jeopardy if district lines are changed without prior approval
through a referendum election of the affected electors to
continue ad valorem taxing authority on lands presently located
within these two existing districts which are to be transferred
to other districts and on lands presently located outside either
of the two existing districts which are to be added to either of
such districts.

Another problem is presented in that the proposal contemplates
transferring out of SWFWMD, certain works of said District which
are part and parcel of the Four Rivers Basin Project, which, as
you know, has received congressional approval and to which SWFWMD
owes certain contractual obligations. The Governing Board feels
it is highly desirable to resolve these problems and obtain
prior approval before such transfers are made.

Therefore the Governing Board respectfully urges you to reconmmnend
that the district alignments of SWFWMD and Central and Southern
Florida Flood Control District remain as presently constituted
until July 1, 1975 and that in the interim referendum elections
be held and approval obtained from the affected electors to
authorize continued levying of ad valorem taxes after such
transfers are made for those lands to be transferred out of
said districts and to authorize levying ad valorem taxes on
lands to be added to existing districts. Also during this
time congressional approval should be obtained for transferring
contra actual responsibilities and local sponsornip t'o the new
districts created by Chapter 72-299.

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