AGENDA ITEM 9T Summary of Agenda Items, SWFWMD December 1, 1976
Consideration of Financial Assistance Concepts for Starkey
Water Storage Area Project. (Presentation by D. R. Feaster)
At the October 26, 1976, Pithlachascotee River Basin Board
Meeting the status of the Starkey Water Management Project
was discussed. Phase I of the project has been completed
and the Staff requested proceeding with Phase II. The Basin
Board requested, however, that at this juncture the Staff
secure funding assistance from the City of New Port Richey
for this project. It is estimated that the total cost of the
project will be $250,000.
As per the Agreement of March 26, 1974, with the City of
New Port Richey that requires that water management plans be
developed, the following funding concept is proposed for
1. New Port Richey share in the cost of the water
management project with the District on a 50:50
basis. New Port Richey's share of $125,000 shall
be in two (2) installments.
a. First installment of $75,000 be due on January 1,
b. Second installment of $5Q,000 be due January 1,
2. Beginning January 1, 1978, New Port Richey and any
other water users reimburse the District at the rate
of 5 per 1000 gallons pumped from Starkey.
The concept of the user paying for the water will enable the
Basin to be reimbursed for all expenses resulting from the
water development project. It also will enable the District
to fund other needed water management or development projects
through a special fund that would be established for that
Mr. Donald R. Feaster
December 3, 1976
expenditures to enhance his water supply? The relationship
of the water under the land to the land surface is certainly
not well defined and probably never will be.
If there is a need to generate additional funds to perform
the appropriate water management studies, it might be desirable
to seek a means to have all benefactors participate equitably.
I would be pleased to explore this subject in detail with you
and your staff.
Ric ard J. Hesse
V 1T al W a.7ter Su- ,ply Authorit
ARBOR OFFICE CENTER, SUITE 404 1321 U.S. 19 SOUTH, CLEARWATER, FLORIDA 33516 813-531-5885
J RICHARD J. HESSE
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
CHARLES E. RAINEY, CHAIRMAN
ROBERT CURRY, VICE-CHAIRMAN
CURTIS L. LAW, TREASURER December 3, 1976--7.
DALE TWACHTMANN, MEMBER .
CHARLES E. SCHUH, MEMBER
Mr. Donald R. Feaster, P.E.
Southwest Florida Water C
Post Office Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512 4 t, .
Dear Don: c
Reference the discussion yesterday relating to SWFWMD Agenda
Item 9T. In order to make an assessment of the impact of
your proposal, I am in need of available data on the current
policies relating to the cost sharing formulae for water
management. Specifically, I would like to have any policy
statements that have been adopted in this regard, as well as
the details regarding user contributions at Starkey Well
Field, Cypress Creek Well Field, Morris Bridge Well Field
and any other projects in which others have shared costs.
I would like also th have the numbers which support the
proposed .05 cent and .06 surcharges. Also, I would like to
have any information you may have regarding local cost sharing
for water management expenses for navigation, flood control,
water based recreation, recreation and wildlife areas, wilder-
ness areas, etc.
The purpose in my seeking this data is to be able to present
to by board in persepctive the impact of your proposals. I
personally have no argument with the concept of the "user
pays" as long as there is reasonable assurance that the con-
cept is being equitably applied in accordance with legislative
The idea of charging some users for the privilege of with-
drawing water from a common reservoir and in turn using the
funds generated to fund other nonrelated water management
projects could pose significant policy questions. What, for
example, would the water user immediately outside the Starkey
Well Field pay for the tax-supported management studies and