Pasco Rejects Water Accord
By JIM DAWKINS posed that the restricted eminent domain wellfield ,and in Pasco.
Tribune Staff Writer rights be cut from the joint proposal, al- As originally proposed, the authority
Tribunethough the state's enabling legislation agreement would give the authority a
PORT RICEY The proposedority plan was turned gives the proposed authority the power "restricted" right to eminent domain. ,
gional water authority plan was turned of condemnation. The restricted right means the au- l
down by the Pasco County Commission Holt also suggested that a clause be thority cannot condemn water resources
Going against the advice of their own added, to be signed by all member gov- land if that land is already being put to a i
water specialist attorney, Jake Varn, the ernments, stating that the authority reasonable use. 1
water specialist attorneity balked oVarn the re- would attempt to seek eminent domain THE FIVE MEMBER proposed
strictess omirnent domain rights included under state legislation provisions unless makeup of the authority and proposed
in the lan. Those rights would give the the resident county involved grants per- funding also caused concern.
multigovernmental thority the power mission. The agreement calls for one repre-
multigovernmental adthory te powe' Varn, stressing that the three-times- tentative from each of the five govern- 1
to condemn Pasco's and other counties revised original authority agreement ments but, until a referendum approves '
water resources lands without those as a compromise, said the other gov- authority imposed ad valorem taxes,
counties approval. ernments. could simply proceed without each of the three counties would contrib-
Hillsborough County and St. Peters- Pasco. ute to the authority.
burg have already approved the plan stressed that legislative Based on county taxable property, a
Consideration Aby inellas County and VARN ALSO stressed that legislative Based on county taxable prop.
ConTampa is pending attempts to cut Pinellas County's special formula suggests that Pinellas would
TElE PASCOS ACTION came when right to condemn outside that county had contribute 50 per cent, Hillsborough 40
County Commissioner ,Louie Holt pro- failed and Pinellas could still condemn per cent and Pasco 10 per cent.