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||District, basin boards tug-of-war resolved
||Flinchbaugh, Patrice. "District, basin boards tug-of-war resolved." Tampa Tribune.
||Flinchbaugh, Patrice ( Author )
||May 31, 1985
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 4, Folder 2 ( SF BASIN BOARD CONCEPT ), Item 77
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District, basin boards
By PATRICE FLINCHBAUGH According to the terms of the
Tribune Staff Writer bill, Hillsborough and Pinellas coun-
ties will retain two members each
TALLAHASSEE It's now up to on the governing board. There was a
Gov. Bob Graham to bring a mea- move to reduce each county to one
sure of tranquility to the embattled member apiece.
Southwest Florida Water Manage- District lobbyists succeeded in
ment District. grabbing a slightly larger piece of
The Senate Thursday approved a the millage levied in 16 counties for
bill passed last week by the House to water*related projects. Traditional-
simply state that none other than the ly, the basins have been allotted .75
Legislature can abolish local river of one mill and the governing board
basin boards. The bill was sent to had control of .25 of one mill.
Graham for signature. Under the new bill, the millage is
Sosplit 70-30 in favor of the basins. One
Besides cementing the boards' problem the legislation did not ad-
existence in statute, the action sends dress is the lawsuit between Citrus
a reprimand to governing board Mutual, basin boards and the dis-
members of the district. In 1984, the trict. The central issue is control of
governing board had considered the budget.
usurping the budgeting authority of Also this week, in a related
the basin boards and converting move, a Senate committee declined
them to citizen advisory panels. Dis- to confirm the reappointment of
trict officials said they needed a Bruce Samson and three other gov-
more streamlined system to deal earning board members.
with new regulatory programs, such According to state Sen. Curt
as wetlands protection. Kiser, R-Palm Harbor, rural legisla-
Legislators in the Tampa Bay tors wanted to further punish Sam-
I area, Citrus Mutual and several son, who is an unannounced candi-
Sbasin board members objected, vow- date for Tampa mayor, in the basin
ing to push for legislation this ses- board flap.
f sion. Tampa Sen. Pat Frank con-
What ultimately passed, a bill in- tended the issue was not limited to
produced by Brooksville Democratic basin boards but also included ques-
Rep. Charles R. "Chuck" Smith, did tions about the price paid by the dis-
not contain some of the provisions trict in a recent purchase of environ-
Ssought by Smith, Polk County, and mentally sensitive land.
some basin board interests. Graham could reappoint his dis-
At various points during the tant cousin, Samson, within 45 days
shaping of the bill, it contained mea- of the Legislature's adjournment -
sures to limit the tenure of the dis- even though the Senate withheld
trict chairman and prohibit the confirmation. To continue on the
chairman from voting except during board, Samson would have to be con-
a tie. The final version did not ad- firmed next year, the same year as
dress those points, the mayor's race.