SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
@ ^ 2379 BROAD STREET, BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 33512-9712 ATE
PHONE (904) 79u 7211 SUNCOM 628-0111 B,
MICHAEL ZAGORAC, JR., Chairman, Belleair Wm. O. STUBBS, JR., Vice Chairman, Dade City
1"6 MARY A. KUMPE, Secretary, Sarasota WALTER H. HARKALA, Treasurer, Plant City
19 / HORACE F. HERNDON, Lake Wales ROY G. HARRELL, JR., St Petersburg
,/ ,ROBERT T. BRAMSON, M.D., Tampa WILLIAM H. WILCOX, Ph.D., Port Charlotte
GARY W. KUHL, Executive Director DANIEL P. FERNANDEZ, General Counsel etshe6d
WILLIAM K. HENNESSEY, Deputy Executive Director PETER G. HUBBELL, Deputy Executive Director
March 4, 1987
This letter was sent t all Basin Board members.
In late 1985, members of the Governing Board and Basin Boards met to settle issues
dealing with our responsibilities. Immediately following this meeting, the Governing
Board initiated rule making and simultaneously adopted as policy the Governor's outline
of the functions and duties of the Basin Boards. In other words, we returned to our
historical roles. In subsequent months, questions were raised by the Joint Administrative
Procedures Committee regarding the legal authority to adopt this policy as a rule. Since
that time, no action has been taken.
Since this policy is clearly in place and functioning, and since we have made progress
during that time to restore a spirit of trust and cooperation between the Governing Board
and Basin Boards, it would be in the best interest of the District to withdraw the
proposed rule. Enclosed for your information is the current District policy. You have my
personal assurances that no change is anticipated in this policy, and if any revision is
required in the future, it will be the result of members of the Governing Board and Basin
Boards working together.
I look forward to working with you in the future.
MICHAEL ZAGORAC, JR.
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF SERVICE
BASIN BOARD FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES
(Adopted by the Governing Board as policy on January 7, 1986)
The Basin Boards have been assigned specific functions and duties by statute which
their budgets should reflect. Thus, Basin Boards assume taxing responsibility for those
water resource development programs of particular benefit to limited or local segments
of the population. Basin Board duties and spending authority are specifically limited by
(A) Basin Board Functions.
The various basin boards shall be responsible for discharging the following described
functions in their respective basins :
(1) Provide for individual or collective hydrological investigations; provide aerial
photogrammetry, remote sensing, and flood plain mapping of basin water resources;
develop hydrologic and engineering plans for identification, development and protection
of basin water resources.
(2) Development of basin plan for local (secondary), private and public flood
(3) Preparation of budget to perform basin functions consistent with Chapter 373,
F.S., and the water management program of the District. Submittal of the basin budget
to the Governing Board of the District.
(4) Approval of final construction plans of the district for works within the basin;
construction of basin water management facilities/structures; Five-Year Basin Plans in
accordance with designated duties.
(5) Provision for necessary administrative functions of designated basin activities.
(6) Assistance to regional water supply authorities in the basin as provided in
Chapter 373, F.S.
(7) Review of Regional Observation and Monitoring Well Program.
(8) Review of Save Our Rivers.
(9) Plugging of uncontrolled artesian wells in the basin.
(B) Basin Board Authorized Expenditures.
Basin board monies shall be utilized for:
(1) Preparation of final plans for and construction, operation and maintenance of
basin water management facilities and structures.
(2) Payment for real property interests for works of the basin.
(3) Road, bridge, railroad and utility modifications and changes resulting from
(4) Aquatic weed control activities for works of the basin and local aquatic weed
programs of special need.
(5) Commissions for tax assessors.
(6) Necessary administrative functions of designated basin activities.
(7) Engineering studies of works of the basin.
(C) Basin Taxes.
(1) The respective basins may annually, by resolution, request the governing board
of the district to levy ad valorem taxes within such basin.
(2) Upon receipt of the request specified in subsection (1), and subject to review in
accordance with Section (D), a basin tax levy shall be made by the governing board to
finance basin functions enumerated in Section (A), subject to the millage limits in
Section 373.503(3), F.S.
(D) Budget Modification Process.
(1) Basin Boards are authorized to fund projects or programs within their
designated duties. The Governing Board may modify (diminish) or delete projects or
programs contained in Basin Board budgets under the following conditions:
(a) The Governing Board determines that a project is not within the designated
Basin responsibilities; or
(b) A project, program or activity is not consistent with the current water
management program of the water management district.
(2) With any deletions from or modifications diminutionss) to a Basin Board
budget, the Governing Board will advise the Basin Board of its action.