S2-B THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Thursday, Aug. 12, 1976
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a By MARY ANNE CORPIN "Have they ever coordinated their
Tribune Staff Writer actions and decided if they are study-
"ing the same piece of geography 20.
"Hillsborough County commissioners times?" she asked.
criticized the West Coast Regional
Water Supply Authority yesterday for Commissioner Bob Curry, Hillsbor.
failure to accomplish anything con- ough's representative on the authority
irete in its two years of existence. and its vice chairman, said the au-
o thority and other agencies are "pull-
They also questioned the authori- ing past studies together." tHe said
ty's. expenses, with Commissioner new detailed studies will take advan-
Fran Davin citing an excessive num- tage of previous findings.
ber of water supply reports being Bondi said attention should be
ynade by a variety of agencies, and given to the "astronomical attorney
.Commissioner Bob Bondi criticizing fees" budgeted at $40,000 for the com-
the cost of attorney fees. ing year, although he made the mo-
Commissioners said they want to tion that the county approve the new
evaluate just what the authority is budget. It was approved 4-0.
Ioing, and some said this will deter-
mine whether they vote to stay in the CHAIRMAN BETTY Castor and
three-county agency. Bondi asked that the authority's gen-
eral manager, Richard J. "Doc"
"Jones, appear before the commission.
"THE DISCUSSION was touched off "We want to get the specifics of what
When the commission received the au- our taxpayers' dollars are going for,"
"thority's budget request yesterday for said Mrs. Castor.
$136,436 for the fiscal year which Bondi warned he would "not vote
$tarts Oct. 1. The authority also is for these astronomical charges in the
asking Pinellas county for $169,137, future."
and Pasco County for $29,816. Commissioner Bob Lester, who
left the commission room for a half
"We have four or six different or- hour and was not on hand for
ganizations that are studying water the vote, had told his colleagues to
problems in central Florida," Corn- consider a regional approach on the
missioner Davin said. "I believe if we water supply question. "Three or four
take all their reports developed for years ago, the (water) range wars
the area between Brooksville to Ft. were raging (among local counties),"
SMyers, we could cover the area with Lester said. "Now we have some
reports. feasible solutions. I don't agree that
,. we should spend funds on repetitive
studies, but we should take a regional
CO ^y ^ T"There's been a great deal of ef-
j fort made in getting to the point
where we are today," he said, adding
W a e B r that he doesn't want anything to jeop-
-T Uor J rTHE AUTHORITY, which also in-
c eludes Tampa and St. Petersburg,
F h D ela was created as a central agency to
obtain water for areas which don't
have adequate supplies. It presently is
S.. negotiating to acquire Cypress Creek
Sen. Guy Spicola, D-Tampa, said Agencies involved in studies con-
yesterday if the West Coast Regional cerning water supply problems in the
handle the problem, planning departments in St. Peters-
Spicola. who sponsored legislation burg, and Pinellas and Pasco coun-
in 1974 creating the water authority, ties. and the west coast authority.
said he is disappointed that member Curry recommended the commis-
governments have fought two years sion give the authority another year,
about the wellfiield and it still does then evaluate what it has at-
not belong to the authority, complished. But he cautioned there is
a legal problem on whether the coun-
Member governments on the board ty could withdraw from the agency.
are Hiillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas
counties, Tampa and St. Petersburg. MRS. CASTOR and Curry each
Spicola warned that he would push said they support the agency and its
for the new agency's creation yester- purposes, but said they don't think it
day after learning the authority had is getting support for its activities
again postponed action on the transfer from the Pinellas County commission.
of Cypress Creek. Mrs. Davin said the commission
needs to reasses the agency's effec-
Two weeks ago the Pinellas County tiveness. "I'm not sure we want to
Commission rejected a contract for invest a lot more money in studies"
transferring its portion of the wellfield if nothing is being accomplished, she
because it wanted assurances of get- said. Bondi said he is "really dis-
ting enough water back for the coun- turbed" about the agencies legal ex-