Regional water agency 5;
may get financial help /Tf
By PATRICK McMAHON next year for studies. 5"(- 7
St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
HESSE SAID the money would help
BROOKSVILLE The new regional "the authority get off the ground" until it
water supply agency may get some financial has water to sell to Tampa Bay area govern-
help from the Southwest Florida Water ments.
Management District, commonly known as "I think it's clearly the intent of the Leg-
The Swiftmud board Wednesday gave a islature that you give the kind of support
very tentative approval to the idea of fi- I'm requesting," Hesse said.
nancing, but left to its local basin boards Swiftmud board members said they sup-
the decision on how much money should be port the idea of a water supply authority
approved for what purposes, and want it to succeed, but they said the fi-
Richard J. Hesse, general manager of nancing decisions should be made by the
the new West Coast Regional Water Supply basin boards, the local arms of Swiftmud.
Authority, asked Swiftmud to finance a "All we're doing is saying the door is still
study of regional water needs. He said he ,open," said J. R. Graw, Swiftmud vice
would like $154,000 this year and $572,000 chairman.
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