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to the people of Florida and will
continue, and the taxpayers will
continue to pay for the service.
Undoubtedly the function will pass.
to a new bureaucracy in Tallahas-
see and regional offices will be set
up to administer the programs..
If you are a believer that the
best form of government is that,
SREGRETTABLY, we are forced
to agree with two state officials
who have forecast that the water
management referendum which
* will be on-the same ballot with the
presidential primary on March,
will probably be defeated because
SSenators Phil Lewis, D-West
Palm Beach, and Robert Graham,
D.Miami, have forecast that the
referendum is going to have a
difficult time gaining voter ap-
proval simply because it contains
the word "'tax."
. Actually, no new tax is. to be
imposed under the referendum.
Because of a court decision, the
taxing powers of the state's several
water management districts are
going to expire. Without financing
the districts will simply cease to
exist as effective agencies of gov-
.But make no mistake. The func-
tion of water management is vital
en vote against continued su-
port of the local water manage-
ment agencies through property
taxes on the March ballot.
We have not always supported
the water management boards in
all their actions. The burden of
water management in our growing
state is a difficult chore today and
will become more difficult in the
But the present system offers
greater opportunity for local peo-
ple to be heard and a greater
. opportunity for intelligent man-
agement of a vital resource.
farthest from the people it serves,
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