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Water District Tax Still Debated
Agricultural interests throughout the state are commercial flower and foliage plant indust
debating a state constitutional amendment concern- will publish the report in March, Bob Mc(
S ing the financing of water management districts, statistician in charge, said.
The issue will be on the March primary election
Although discussed for months, there still
seems to be no consensus among agricultural
The boards of a number of major organizations
still have not decided to support or oppose the
STATE SEN. Phil Lewis, who is considered a
Friend of agriculture, has been speaking ardently in
behalf of the change, saying that unless the
referendum is passed, control of all water
management districts could move to Tallahassee.
Those who oppose it say that this has not been
proven. They also say they do not believe a
constitutional provision should be as specifically
written as this one, which includes the amount of tax
Sthe districts can levy.
Richard Fritch of Weirsdale, a Florida Citrus
Mutual director, reported recently the water
committee needed more time to study the issue.
S "WHAT IT BOILS down to is this: We feel the
recommendation that we make is a value judgment
-based on the least amount of risk for our gowers.
The issue can be logically supported as well as it
can be opposed. We have no guarantees as to getting
what we want regardless of which way the vote
goes" Fritch said.
'Much Muddled Thinking'
About Water Control
Editor: I was quite interested in
your Jan. 13 article regarding
Rep. Fulford's stand on water
The proliferation of water dis-
tricts in the state and the unbe-
lievable complexity that the bill
is creating for the several water
districts show there has been
much muddled thinking about
water control. More than 1,000
bureaucrats have been added to
state payrolls and heaven only
knows how much added expense
in overhead by these measures.
I cannot understand how any
thoughtful individual can back
legislation such as has been
passed by our Florida Legislature
concerning water districts, in view
of the awful mess now saddled on
water uses, both agricultural and
urban, by this legislative action.
A thorough overhauling of water
management legislation is es-
sential before any constitutional
amendment is passed by the
voters. HOWARD PHILLIPS.