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Topping said he feels the county
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supply to provide for its residents.
"Our recharging comes from na-
tural rainfall," said Jack Price, a News-Press Bureau
Water Management Advisory Board NAPLES Local support for the
member. basin theory of water management
Price said there is limerock was voiced again Monday to a House
beneath the county's surface which subcommittee.
acts like a sponge to absorb rainfall. The Subcommittee on Water
"As long as it keeps raining, we're Management, including Rep. Mary
all right," he said. Ellen Hawkins, met with local
Mrs. Hawkins said she would favor residents and officials to discuss the
a Lee-Hendry-Collier County basin. county's impending entrance into
"It would work because we have the Central & Southern Florida Con-
the tax base," she said. "Hendry trol District.
County couldn't do it by itself, but- State law requires that Collier
.vith us it could work," she said. County become part of the district on
Bill Fulford, D-0rlando, chairman "
of the full committee attended the known as the South Flo
meeting although he is not con- emnt ofials have been
sidered a member of the subcom- Residents and official
sidered a member of the subcom- concerned that the county will loose
control of it's water management
taxes when it becomes part of a dis-
For this reason, Mrs. Hawkins has
been among advocates of the basin
concept, which would provide for a
local regulating board and local con-
trol of taxes.
Mrs. Hawkins said it would be
possible with legislative approval
for Collier County to enter the South-
west Florida Water Management
District rather than South Florida.
Central & South Florida does not
have basin members.
"I don't want to become an orphan
of water management," James Top-
ping, chairman of the Water
Management Advisory Board said
Topping said the county is capable
of handling its own water
"If we were to be a basin, I'd be all
for it," he said.
Members of the subcommittee
wei-e concerned that Collier County
residents might vote down a
November referendum to levy up to
one mill for district water
management because they do not
approve of the merger. A mill is a $1
tax on each $1,000 assessed property
"Remember," said Rep. Bob
McKnight, D-Miami, "if that
millage is turned down it will mean
that we legislators will have to dip
into the general revenue fund."
McKnight said the county even-
tually may required financial assis-
tance that would come with a district
for some of the water management
projects, such as prevention of salt