1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to the excise tax on documents;
3 creating s. 201.025, Florida Statutes; levying
4 a surtax on certain documents; creating s.
5 373.590, Florida Statutes; creating the Water
6 Management Lands Trust Fund in the Department
"7 of Environmental Regulation; providing that the
8 surtax collected shall be deposited into the
-.49 fund; directing the secretary of the Department
10 of Environmental Regulation to allocate moneys
11 from the fund to the five water management
12 districts for the acquisition of certain lands;
13 providing for other disposition of moneys in
14 the fund and lands acquired; providing for
15 future repeal; providing an effective date.
17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
19 Section 1. Section 201.025, Florida Statutes, is
20 created to read:
21 201.025 Surtax on documents; Water Management Lands
22 Trust Fund.--
23 (1) In addition to the tax levied under s. 201.02, a
24 surtax of 5 cents per $100 consideration paid, or fractional
25 part thereof, is levied on those documents taxed under s.
27 (2) The Department of Revenue shall pay all taxes
28 collected under this subsection to the Treasurer for deposit
29 in the Water Management Lands Trust Fund. Sums deposited in
30 that fund may be used for any purpose authorized by s.
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1 373.590, and may be used to pay the cost of collection or
2 enforcement of the tax levied under this section.
3 Section 2. Section 373.590, Florida Statutes, is
4 created to read:
5 373.590 Water Management Lands Trust Fund.--
6 (1) There is established within the Department of
7 Environmental Regulation the Water Management Lands Trust
8 Fund, to be used as a nonlapsing fund for the purposes of this
-9 section. All taxes collected pursuant to s. 201.025 shall be
10 deposited in the Water Management Lands Trust Fund. The
11 moneys in this fund are hereby continually appropriated for
12 the purpose of acquiring land in accordance with the
13 provisions of this section.
14 (2) The secretary of the Department of Environmental
15 Regulation shall allocate moneys from the Water Management
16 Lands Trust Fund to the water management districts for the
17 exclusive purpose of acquiring the fee or any lesser interest
18 in lands necessary for the conservation and protection of
19 water and water-related resources, except that such moneys
20 shall not be used for the acquisition of rights-of-way for
21 canals. The moneys shall be available to the districts on a
22 matching basis as specified in subsection (4). To the
23 greatest extent practical, lands acquired pursuant to this
24 section shall be managed and maintained in such a way as to
25 restore and protect their natural state and condition.
26 (3) Moneys from the Water Management Lands Trust Fund
27 shall be available to the five water management districts in
28 the following percentages:
29 (a) No less than 25 percent to the South Florida Water
30 Management District to acquire the fee or a lesser interest in
31 lands, including, but not limited to, lands in the water
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1 subsection shall not be reduced except by resolution of the
2 district governing board stating that the need for the moneys
3 no longer exists.
4 (5) Moneys in the fund not needed to meet current
5 obligations incurred under this section shall be transferred
6 to the State Board of Administration, to the credit of the
7 fund, to be invested in the manner provided by law. Interest
8 received on such investments shall be credited to the fund.
-9 (6) To the extent practical, all lands acquired under
10 this section shall be open for public use, such use to include
11 fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and nature study.
12 (7) A district may dispose of land acquired under this
13 section, pursuant to s. 373.089. However, revenue derived
14 from such disposal may not be used for any purpose except the
15 purchase of other lands meeting the criteria specified in this
17 Section 3. Section 201.025, Florida Statutes, is
18 repealed effective July 1, 1991.
19 Section 4. Section 373.590, Florida Statutes, is
20 repealed effective July 1, 1992. Any unobligated moneys
21 remaining in the Water Management Lands Trust Fund on the date
22 of the repeal of that section shall be deposited in the
23 General Revenue Fund.
24 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 1981 or
25 upon becoming a law, whichever occurs later.
28 SENATE SUMMARY
29 Imposes a surtax of 5 cents per $100, or fraction
thereof, of consideration paid, on deeds or other
30 documents relating to the transfer of interests in
realty. Provides that moneys collected therefrom shall
31 be deposited in the Water Management Lands Trust Fund,
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