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Land Tax Pushed
WEST PALM BEACH (UPI) -
A group called Flow Inc. organized
yesterday for a campaign seeking
voter approval March 9 of a consti-
tutional amendment restoring the
power of water management dis-
tricts to tax real estate to support
It is the only issue on the ballot
in addition to deciding what presi-
dential candidates will carry Flori-
da's support to the national Demo-
cratic and Republican Conventions
Sen. Phil Lewis, D-West Palm
Beach, is president of the non-
profit organization which informal-
ly means "Florida Love of Water."
It was formed to "explain and edu-
cate" the public on the need to re-
instate the village levy authority
in the constitution.
The courts ruled the taxing
TAMM T4'ei l t.-7- 75
Taxes Said Primarily
Benefit Large Farmers
MIAMI (AP)- Ons -The report says the 17- "If iban residents haire
of Iran prert in esh county district's network of not vigorously protested the
and central Florida canals. locks and pumping glaring inequity of FCD
lions of dollars in taxes stations would give city- cost sharing," the report
yearly for flood control dwellers little flood protec- says. "it's probably be-
projects that mainly benefit lion in the event of another cause the village rate has
large farming corporations. severe hurricane like the been quite low."
an economist says in a re- onein 1948.
port for the state. Only routine flooding is T HE LEGISLATURE
-' Dr. Paul Roberts of prevented by the project. last year moved to give
Gaithersbusrg, M d. a the report says. and most taking powers to similar
former state Senate budget southeast Floridians. whose water management dis-
analyst and University of property taxes support the tricts throughout the state.
Florida professor, is study. project, live on a coastal Voters will be asked to vote
ing water management ridge not subject to routine on a constitutional amend-
operations in the Lake flooding. meant for that purpose next
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Okeechobee area f e
Florida Legislature. THE REPORT isn't Only one other district.
finished, but it already has the gulf coast's Southwest
SINCE IT WAS set up drawn sharp criticism. Florida Water Management
by Congress in 1948 after di. FCD Executive Director District, now has the state-
sastrous farm-area *flood- Jack Maloy wrote the Div. granted taxing power of the
ing. the South and Central sion of State Planning to Souti and Central Florida
Flood District has spent complain that it was im- Flood Control District,
$50 million. Most-of it went, proper for Robert to criti-
to drain and irrigate farms. cze a taxing structure ap-
in the Everglades south of proved by the legislature.
the lake, the report says. The district Is supported
Sby a real estate tax of $1
for' every 1.000 assessed
valuation almost three
times last year's rate. In
1974 the district eollected
ll I million in property
toaer, do whiht Roberts
said 9S per cet came
from urban areas.
power was lost when the bounda-
ries of the districts were reshuffled
by the Legislature and Lewis said
it is vital that it be resorted to as-
sure adequate water for agricul-
ture. industry and the people.
A committee composed of John
DeGrove, Florida Atlantic Univer-
sity, Don Morgan. representing lhe
Central and Southern Florida
Flood Control District, and Buddy
Blain, attorney for the Southwest
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, was named to formulate a
short easy-to-understand document
explaining the need for the amend-
Among the 25 persons attending
were Ken Woodburn and Bernie
Parrish, assistants to Gov. Reubin
Askew who supports the amend-
ment and is expected to help cam-
paign for it.