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THB TAMPA TIMES. Monday. January 2, 1976
Weter tax to go to voters
TALLAHASSEE (AP) As a water war booms over ment District ad ad semi-reired biologist; Johnny
PFuda. voters face a major decision on a proposed Jonea, emecua dNector of the Florida Wildlfe Feder-
e amtittional amendment to allow water-management atmn, and Sen. IKa th MacKay, D-Ocal.
dstlts to set a property tax of up to one mill.
"The baste St-item is: Do you favor water manage-
eant and do you want to use ad valorem tax to pay for O dt Pld e lf
i?" says Sea. Phillip Lewis, D-West Palm Beach, a
;ader in the campaign to gain approval in the March
presideantal primary. The six presnT water management districts wer
Sea. Robert Graham. D-Miami. concedes tha t will shifted from DNR to the department of environmental
bedflicult to get the proposal passed. re ulation, dr w h i cootrould by the environmental
: "I the first place, it e tans the word tax and most regulation aom. lsiae.a.
. people don't understand it," Graham said. Jonm abojetleed to hairta api dfcial set
'aov. Rtubn Aew, ov. J .W t.axoes, but Lewi Mid the amedent would place the
Gov. Re n Askew L G Ji illam. A ul- water maonaeent boards mor under legislative con.
ture Commissioner Doyle Conner, Attorney General trol Any tax tey et must meet islative approval,
Robert Shevin and leaders of legislative environmental eid
committeesendorsethe proposed amendment. Beib, Le said. 5 per cert of Florida's popeda.
But the oppoets include Art Marshall of Gaines-, ti already is required to pay property takes set by
vile, former chairman of the St. Johns Water Manage- water mangement boards.