Times, Wed.: October 9, 1974. -
By CHARLES PATTON had predicted the negative atti- "IF THE COUNTY wants to
Pasco Times Staff writer tude of the other governments, put itself in the water supply
pointing out that during the business, the only way to go is
DADE CITY By its trade- drafting of the state enabling by joining the regional authori-
mark of a 3-2 vote, the Pasco act that created the regional au- ty."
County Commission Tuesd'y thority, the prior approval Holt wanted to delay commis-
approved a regional water au- wording had been discussed but sion action on the agreement
thority agreement that calls for rejected in favor of other con- until formal replies could be re-
joint cevcl'ment of water re- trol language. ceived on the prior approval
sources with Hillsborough and fHe also said prior approval is matter from the four other gov-
Pinellas counties and the cities really no safeguard to prevent earning agencies.
of Tampa and St. Petersburg. outsiders from coming into His motion to table the agree-
The commissioners approved Pasco County for water. ment for another two weeks was
the original language of the Varn said two wellfields al- turned back 3-2 when his only
agreement as presented two ready have been developed in support came from Hamilton.
weeks ago, bypassing an amend- Pasco County by other govern- After the final vote approving
meant calling for prior approval meats without the first condem- the agreement, Dunbar told
on land condemnation proce- nation action., commissioners that two years
dures. "Prior approval sounds good ago when water resource plans
The amendment, offered two at first, but it's not the safe- were mapped out, the anticipat-
weeks ago by Commissioner guard you want," Varn told ed cost of reaching a pact such
Louie E. Holt, would have re- commissioners. as the regional agreement was
quired approval by the govern- liE SAID the real protection $250,000.
ing body v.here the development needed for Pasco County is "IT'S BEEN accomplished
was to take place before any against excessive drawdown of for about one-half what had
other government could begin the water table, protection of been estimated and you have
land condemnation measures. private property owners who eliminated the need for massive
HOLT WAS JOINED by Con- will be adjacent to any develop- expenditures," Dunbar said. I
missioner William Hamilton in ment and a means to provide the "You have saved the taxpayers
casting the only dissenting votes resources that will be necessary 35 to 40 times what you would
at Tuesday's meeting. for the county's own projected have paid should you have de-
Pasco Ccuntv is the fourth water needs. cided to go it alone instead of as
governmental body to approve "This agreement accom- part of a regional authority."
the agreement. The City of plishes that," Varn said. "There He said the county has been
Tampa has yet to act, having de- arc substantial benefits to the protected and should never have
played action because of election county. The whole concept is to to foot the bill alone to sink an-
of new council members. Thne coordinate rather than dupli- other well to serve water to its
new cnmbcrship of the city cate efforts and maximize the citizens in the future.
body was not decided until last utilization of the resources we
County Atty. Peter Du:t e said Pasco County had a
told commissioners that the vital role in the future of water
prior approval for the condem- development for the entire bay
nation anmendmnent h:ad been re- area. He pointed to the bitter
jected informally by each of the battles that had developed be-
four other governing bodies par- teen Pinellas :nd llillsborough
ticipating in the regional pro- counties, both members of the
gram. new regional authority.
"They are looking upon Pasco
JAKE VARN, special consul- as the uniting factor," Varn
tant to the commission, said hlie said.