Title: Basin Board compromise is reached
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Title: Basin Board compromise is reached
Alternate Title: Flinchbaugh, Patrice. "Basin Board compromise is reached." Tampa Tribune.
Physical Description: 1p.
Language: English
Creator: Flinchbaugh, Patrice ( Author )
Publication Date: May 22, 1985
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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General Note: Box 4, Folder 2 ( SF BASIN BOARD CONCEPT ), Item 83
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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B ATRICE FLINCHBAUGH
Trune Staff Writer
LLAHASSEE The Great
Board War of 1985 is nearing a
on the legislative front, al-
th ugh the courts still must decide
th fate of an extra $7 million that
ayers shelled out last year be-
cease of the squabble.
SA series of closed-door meetings
anday and last week brought vari-
oit factions in the Tampa Bay area
toCther on at least one major point:
Nr ne other than the Florida Legis-
laY can abolish local water
boards. A Senate bill was amended
in-the Natural Resources Committee
on Tuesday to include the compro-
mise reached between agricultural
arid water-management interests.
SBy reaching a compromise, legis-
lators averted what could have been
a nasty floor fight between rural and
urban interests, if recent debate on
thp basin boatd issue in the House
Natural Resources Committee was
any indication.
The power struggle between the
river basin boards and the governing
board of the Southwest Florida
Water Management District erupted
in 1984 when the parent board con-
si ered turning the basin boards into
citizen advisory panels. Those local
boards, backed by powerful citrus
and agricultural interests, objected
to the intended loss of budgeting
power.
.- i ts e a result, overlapping budgets
::"- _; wye adopted and the taxpayers in
Ji-counties were forced to pay $7
million in excess property levies.
*Traditionally, the basin boards
baSe been allowed to levy .75 of a
ml,_and the governing board has
h4 control of .25 of a mill. The new
compromise reached Monday splits
thi-millage 70-30 between district
basins, respectively.
SAccording to terms of the com-
prraise, Hillsborough and Pinellas
co nties will retain two representa-
ti s each on the district board.
re was a move by rural interests
to reduce the number to one each.
Ao in the bill is a provision to
t er to the Peace River basin the
p tton of the Alafia and Hillsbor-
ough' river basin boards in Polk
County.




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