STATEMENT TO BE PRESENTED TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION
ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1984
Due to the regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting, September 5, 1984, at 9:30
a.m., there is a conflict with staff attending the Hillsborough County Commission
.3 meeting today. I am here representing the District and to provide you with background
S The issue in the litigation is whether the Governing Board of the Southwest Florida Water
Management District has the authority to modify the Basins' proposed budgets. There is
7 no question whether the Basin Boards should continue. The Governing Board is on record
S supporting their continuance. In June of this fiscal year the Basin Boards submitted
S budgets to the Governing Board. The Governing Board modified the Basins' budgets to
to conform with requirements of Florida Statutes. Projects and functions of local benefit
/ remain funded through the Basins, and projects and functions of regional benefit are
Sr- funded District-wide. None of the projects or functions requested by the Basin Boards
13 were deleted, but the Governing Board determined that some of the projects should be
1 4 funded District-wide.
\S The result is that the District-wide millage has been increased and the Basin Board
m mflages have been decreased. The overall District-wide budget includes projects and
I/ programs that Basin Boards set out for FY 85.
I Three Basin Boards encompass all or parts of Hillsborough County. Two of the nine
S9 Governing Board members are from Hillsborough County, and twelve Basin Board
6o members (out of a total of forty) are from Hillsborough County.
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23 Two of the three Basin Board budgets and millages approved by the Governing Board are
A2 in excess of their current year's budgets and villages. All three Basin Boards wish to
.3 further increase their budgets and millages. These three Basins are attempting to
AY mandate that the Southwest Florida Water Management District tax the residents of
.2 HIllsborough County in excess of what the Governing Board believes is appropriate and
94 consistent with Florida law.
A? To summarize, the Governing Board believes that the District should budget and pay for
A. projects and functions which have greater than basin-wide effect. This is consistent with
Aq the budgeting and funding practices of the other four water management districts. No
30 other district has basin boards other than those mandated by law.
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31 Again, weregret that our Board Members and Senior Staff cannot be with you today.
33- District representatives could be available at your next regularly scheduled meeting on
33 Wednesday, September 19, 1984.
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