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n SWWater District .
Members of the state house trial & South Florida does not COLLIE COUNTY rine-
subcommittee on Water Man- have basin members sidents are to vote on
agement met today in Tampa, Legislative approval must be November referendum ontolv pt
flowing a conference Monday granted Collier County for it to whether or not to levy up to 1 i J i :
following a conference Monday gratheSdColie t C 'mill for district water man- .
in Naples to obtain public enter the Southwest Florida 'mill for d district a $1 tax on
opinion on Collier County's en- District. agement. A mill is a $1 tax on el.
trance into the Central & The basin concept, Mrs. each $1,000 assessed property l. --
Southern Florida Flood Control Hawkins said, will assure re- value. e members ex-
District. dents of control of county Subcommittee members ex-that.
Rep. Mary Ellen. Hawkins is water management taxes pressed concern Monday that ..--
a member of the Some taxpayers have ex- the referendum may be voted
subcommittee, pressed fear that they will lose down, because county re- ,
State law requires Collier the taxes when Collier County sidents oppose entrance into
County to enter the district on becomes a South Florida Dis- theSouth Florida Water Man- .
Dec. 31 at which time it will be trict memberler, administa- James Topping, chairman f
called the South Floridat.tive assistant to Mrs. Hawkins the Water Management Advi-
Managementsaid this morning that the sory Board, told committee MARY ELLEN HAWKINS
HOWEVER, Representative subcommittee will meet for members he believed that Col- ... retain taxes.
Hawkins suggested Monday two days in Tallahassee in Oc- lier County has a sufficient
that Collier County enter the tober. She said the subcom- water supply for its residents
Southwest Florida Water Man- mittee's findings will be pre- and that wells are built far en-
agement District so it can sented before the next session ough from the Gull of Mexico
become a basin member. Cen- of the legislature in April. to prevent salt water intrusion.