THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, Wednesday, August 29 1984,
Water district's budget stays blocked
By SANDRA ZEC district could be transferred to the while the agency's appeal waits for
Tribune Staff Writer basin boards if the boards win their court action. But the law also allows
case in court, a lower court judge to vacate the au-
BROOKSVILLE A circuit Booth, however, decided to tomatic stay. .
court judge decided Tuesday to maintain the injunction.
maintain a temporary injunction "I'm inclined to pick the action Booth first granted tht tempo"
against the Southwest Florida Water which maintains the status quo," he rary injunction on July 31 at a hear-
Management District's budget that said. ing on a lawsuit filed by Hardee;
drastically slashes the funding for Booth's order was placed as an DeSoto and Hernando counties as
the district's eight basin boards. emergency measure in order to well as Florida Citrus Mutual, the
Hardee, DeSoto and Hernando allow county property appraisers to Northwest Hillsborough Basin
counties asked Judge John W. Booth meet state deadlines for certifying Board, individual members of other
Tuesday to allow the temporary in- government budgets and millage basin boards and a number of pri-
junction to stand while the case is in levies for property tax notices. vate citizens.
the appeal court. Booth ruled the injunction will
Attorney Bruce Snow, who spoke stay in place despite a pending ap- The lawsuit protested the actions
on all three counties' behalf, said the peal in the 5th District Court of Ap- taken by the water district at a July
injunction would allow the basin peal by the water management dis- 11 meeting where district board
boards to continue with their budget trict. members slashed nearly all the
process and project plans. Florida law provides that lower basin boards' budget requests and
But water district attorney Terry court rulings on government agen- diverted those funds to the district-
Lewis said money collected by the cies are automatically put on hold wide budget.