SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
2379 BROAD STREET, BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA 33512-9712
PHONE (904) 796-7211 SUNCOM 684-0111
BRUCE A. SAMSON. Chairman, Temps Wm. 0. STUBBS, JR., Vice Chairman, Dade City
H^SSS"1 MARY A. KUMPE. Secretary, Srasota RONALD B. LAMBERT. Treasurer. Wouchula
DONALD R. CRANE. JR.. Assistant Secretary, St. Petersburg MICHAEL ZAGORAC, JR., Asistant Tresurwe, Be/lewir
WALTER H. HARKALA. Plnt City JACK STRAUGHN, Winter Haven JAMES P. TAFT, Crystal River
MII$1C GARY W. KURIL. Executive Director STEPHEN A. WALKER. General Counsel
JAMES M. HARVEY, Deputy Executive Director
STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN BRUCE A. SAMSON
at the Governing Board Meeting on September 5, 1984
It is time for me to share some thoughts with you..some points about this litigation have
troubled me and now is the time to clarify some of the myths surrounding this case.
First, the Basin Boards are alive! The Governing Board is on record recognizing their
existence, and their place in the functioning of the District.
Second, there is a certain irony in the opponents' position in this case, wrapped in a
banner of supposedly trying to protect taxpayers, which in fact would result in
unnecessarily raising the taxes of the citizens of the Basins. There is no reason for this
because all of the projects that have been requested are included in our proposed
The heart of the District's position is that people who benefit from District services
should pay their fair their fair share. The opponents would require
taxpers pay more than their fair s for District and Basin functions and projects.
is is unreasonable and exceedingly unfair. We find this position unacceptable.
Finally, we are very trouble the positions of Hardee, DeSoto and particularly,
Hernando County our home county in this litigation. We question their commitment to
the regionalapproach to water management which we have worked so hard to achieve.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why these county commissioners want to
unnecessarily tax their own citizens, in excess of what is required by law, particularly
when all of the projects recommended by the Basins have been included in the proposed
budgets. We know that others, such as the Hillsborough County Commission which is
meeting today, are interested in the pros and cons of entering the litigation. If there is a
message to be delivered and a request to be made, it is that county commissions give
careful consideration to the serious tax consequences to their own citizens before taking
action. We encourage them to request their county attorneys review the legal issues and
positions of the parties before making a decision.
CONSERVE WATER TODAY FOR TOMORROW