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Panel Studies Bill
On Water Taxation
TALLAHASSEE (UPI) Recommen-
dations for legislation to carry out a con-,
stitutional amendment providing taxing'
authority for Florida's five water man-
agement districts will be considered by
the House Natural Resources Committee
today, Chairman Bill Fulford said yes-
The amendment was put into the con-
stitution by vote of the people March 9.
empowering the legislature to grant tax-
ing powers to the districts.
Fulford. D-Orlando. said along with
the authority will go controls on use of
tax money for, management of water
"We will be reviewing the millage
caps to insure that we do not build any
more government bureaucracies and to
check routinely on how well the water
management districts perform the tasks
that the legislature has set out for
them," he said.
Each district is controlled by an ap-
The bill being considered today con-
tains explicit language granting taxing
power to the districts. The power is not
extended to drainage or water supply
districts. Fulford said.
He said he hopes the committee will
vote today so it can move on to the
"thorny issues' of representation on the
water district boards and basin bodi .
reconciling overlapping planning itfi-
tions between agencies and establisuinl
a firm role between state environmental
agency controls and hiplementad.o(
these tasks by the waterdistricts. ,