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||Water Area Tax Proposal Opposed
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Water Area Tax Proposal Opposed, January 26, 1976
||Box 10, Folder 1 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1975 - 1975 ), Item 20
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
r;I ra" Water Area Tax Proposal Opposed
The Florida Audubon Society,,
with about 25,000 conservation-
minded members around the
state, has decided to oppose a
March 9 statewide referendum to
provide property tax funding for
Florida's five water management
Members of the society's board
of directors heard pro and con
views on the referendum Thurs-
day and Friday before issuing a
" policy statement.
state" end asks for a change in
the way the amendment is worded
to prevent tax funds raised from
one district from being uaed in
THE EFFECTIVE date of the
proposed amendment should be
changed from Jan. 4 to Jan. 1,
1977. the statement said. Hal
Scott, president of the state
Audubon society, said that change
is needed to permit taxes to be
collected in late 1977 one year
earlier than would be possible
under the present proposed
The board called for an amend- *
ment incorporating its revisions to
be placed on the ballot in the Nov
mnber general election.
-water Kz.&r,&A under wHIch
T Tas lcureceive much of their
However the board said the
reTerenduis on an a
rt!Zr ssure the use of ad
ymtm^e (p valuBl .-
t or water manement ur-
endment calls for taxes
Z of up to I mill for most of the
-: state but a levy of .05 mill for the
extreme western Panhandle. The
I society's statement calls for "a
uniform millage for the entire
IAmendment Questions Can 't
Be Answered, AskewSays
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TALLA ASSE Responding to the
Florida Auduboa Scety's questioning of
the watermanargement tax amaen t.
Gov. Reubin Askew said yesterday the sa-
sty Is asking for decisos that will not be
made tfor several years.
The Audubon Society Board of directors
wet on record during the weekend favoring
the concept of property tax use for water
management, but obecting to the wording
ASKEW SAID the legislatue would hae
to implement the constitutional amendment
with new laws. which cannot be done until
after the amendment is passed.
"Answers to all the questions will take
evral years." Askew added.
"Te current posture in which the consU-
Utetd mmndmat M prsnd to the de.e
torate rorder difficult, f not iropeas e.
an iatelippt deciio n t te 1ea of adt .
vasrem tUaton for Florida's five mwer
TEE AMENDMENT would eaw Iame
water management districts to tax a to
aone mill $1 for each L of raprty .:
value for water management prgrms
and the fifth in mrthwest Florida to ax up
Askew told porters he believed he ad
the Auduboa Society had the ame gols.
"The question is whether we canm
back and get something better or wiebler
we can take an Important first step toward
Improved water management." he said
After meeting with supporters and "ppo.
ns and an extended debate with its
board, the Audubona Society caled for the -
n.amento be weraed-ad presaatedL
TEE PROPOSAL does not make clear
whthr te thing authority could be used-
by other agency involved in water ma.
aement, said al Scott. Audubon Socidt*
It should specify that the power is l
farthe districts andalubdistrlcts. he said.
Sa. Phlp Lewis, D-West Palm Beacsc
a leader in the drive for approval of Itw.
amendment, said al objections except to
the basic issue using property tax for
water management cloud be corrected by
"WHAT 1 OVERLOKS is that wba
it passed in the constitution, it's passed
concrete and what to legislature can dq
mst be done in kein with those
tutional terms," Seottsaid.
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