"SOUTHWEST irLODA WATER MANACG. MENT DISTRICT
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I RUCE A. SAMSON. Cha.ikrw Tjowm Wmi. STUBBS, JR.. Vie Chairman, Dade Chty
":. MARY A. KUMPE, Secresry, Seasola RONALD B. LAMBE RT. Twasrer, Waucwhuas
21 0 DONALD R. CRANE. JR., Asuistt Secreary, St. Peterarwy MICHAEL ZAGORAC. JR., Aiirwntir Trewur.It bieai
WALTER H. HARKALA.PrLt City JACK STRAUGHN. Winte) HMn JAMES P. TAFT, Crystw aRiv
^ s" GARY W. KUHL. Eaecrive Direcor STEPHEN A. WALKER. Gewnal CounseW l
Jul J4, 14 AMES M. HARVEY, Deputy Escuaive Diror
July 24, 1984
Dear .... :
Recently the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
considered a recommendation to change the structure and taxing authority of its Basin
Boards. The District has eight such boards each with a taxing capability of .75 mill
within its respective basin.
The original recommendation entailed the abolishment of the basin boards and their
taxing power and the subsequent creation of non-taxing advisory boards. The proposed
change was the result of several concerns including the overall shift of water
management responsibilities, from local flood control and drainage to comprehensive
regional management and regulation of the water resource, since the creation of the
Basin Boards in 1961. Another important consideration was the inequities in taxation due
to the increasing need to address the resource on a regional basis. A vital function of the
( current basin boards* is their role in communicating with local governments on water
"management issues. This role was to be maintained by thle advisory boards.
Following four public meetings during which the Governing Board heard extensive
testimony from local governments, legislators,basin board members ani the public, the
Governing Board voted to retain the Basin Boards in their present structure. The
Governing Board also voted to redistribute the. funding obligations of the District so that
the basins' tax revenues will be used for those basin board responsibilities enumerated in -
Sections 373.0695 and .0697, Florida Statutes. The Governing Board, sing part of its
taxing capability of .25 mill, will fund those activities of benefit to the entire District.
The Governing Board's ability to act on the original recommendation was allowable under
a provision of 1984 legislation intended to conform this District with other water
management districts pertaining to Basin Boards. However, it is stressed that the final
action taken was under authority which existed prior to the legislation passed in 1984.
The Governing Board's decision of July 11, 1984, considered to be an interim solution to
the questions raised by the recommendation, will contribute to a more equitable and
efficient manner of managing our water resources, while maintaining the valuable local
input function of the basin boards.
GARY W. KUXHL
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