Title: Newspaper article in Clearwater Sun "Spicola Eyes Water District Reform Laws."
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Title: Newspaper article in Clearwater Sun "Spicola Eyes Water District Reform Laws."
Alternate Title: Newspaper article in Clearwater Sun on July 18, 1975 entitled: "Spicola Eyes Water District Reform Laws."
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Language: English
Publication Date: July 18, 1975
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
General Note: Box 3, Folder 3D ( LEGISLATION - BOX 3, FOLDER 3 ), Item 138
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Spicola Eyes

'Water Distr ict

Reform Laws
Assistant City Editor
Reform of water man- -,
agement districts-a long-
time goal of Pinellas officials "
-is the top priority next year i
for State Sen. Guy Spicola, |
D-Tampa, who was ap- i /. I
'pointed Tuesday to chair the |
SSenate Natural Resources
Committee.. .
Although Spicola often op-
posed Pinellas officials in the *
S1975 legislative session, he
Indicated he will take a dif-
ferent line in the coming
year and probably push the I i
reforms Pinellas officials
One of those reforms, im-
portant to Spicola's own Hill- ...to chair committee
sborough County as well as water district reform his
to populous and water-needy committee's most urgent
Pinellas County, is a change priority. He said he called
Sin representation on the wa- Hose Natural Resources
ter district boards now heav- h airman William Fulford,
Chairman William Fulford,
ily balanced in favor of rural D-Orlando, Tuesday and set
arSpicoleas opposed changes up a tentative schedule of
Spicola opposed changes joint Senate-House commit-
Sduring the past session, but tee hearings.
said he did so only because of One set of hearings, ten-:
the circumstances then, tatively set for Sept. 8 and 9
,when he felt changes in wa- in Tampa, will be designed
ter district representation for testimony from repre-
could jeopardize bills per- sentatives of themSuteest
serving the districts' taxing Florida WaterM gement
authority. District and the counties it
"I was not opposed to covers, including Pinellas.
changing it (representation) The legislators probably ;
per se," he said. "I have a will spend part of the day
feeling that (next year) a talking with water district of-
more equitable representa- ficials about their facilities,
tion plan will be recom- plans and work projects.
mended and adopted." Then they will hear testi-
Spicola, who chaired the mony from the public for at
Environmental Protection least a day, Spicola said.
Committee in the House until .Representation on the wa-
he was elected to the Senate ter district governing
last year, will be the Senate's boards, while it is the issue
only freshman committee Pinellas officials have shown
chairman next year. He was the most interest in, is only
the only person elevated to a one of the problems Spicola's
committee chairmanship in committee will study.
Senate President Dempsey will be especially con-
Barron's reshuffling of chair- troversial, if-as expected-
manships Tuesday. voters turn down a proposal
Although Pinellas officials on the ballot next March to i
found Spicola a strong oppo- impose statewide property
nent to their proposed re- taxes for water an-
forms last year, they pre- agement fo a
dicted good relations with a
him as Senate Natural Re- i ff !
sources chairman this com- LIPPING SERVICE
ing year, P.o. BOX 10o278a
State Rep. S. Curtis Kiser, TAMPA FORIDA 336~0
R-Palm Harbor, one of the
strongest proponents of wa- Cleaorwnater SOa
ter district reform last ses- PM 42,000
sion, said Spicola will be un- 5 45,000
der sufficient pressure from
Hilsborough County officials
so that he will support the
kind of reforms Pinellas of- JUL-1 8-7 5
ficials want.
Spicola seemed to confirm
that he at least considered
Another is taxation, which


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