| Material Information
||State to Vote on Water Units' Taxing Powers
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||State to Vote on Water Units' Taxing Powers, Sept 17, 1975
||Box 10, Folder 1 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1975 - 1975 ), Item 88
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
|On Water Units
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"...keep it low"
Senator talks of water
TALLAHASSEE The former chairman
natural resources committee 'says he's shock
dians don't realize they will vote March 9th on
trol their fresh-water supplies.
"There is not one issue more important to p
issue of March 9," Sen. Philip Lewis, D-West
said yesterday of a proposed constitutional
presidential preference primary ballots.
The proposal would allow. water manager
levy a tax on property inl4eir areas Yto-Mia
ning and control operations. Officials say the is
whether the state or local boards control water.
I i 1.
B By JOHN MUELLER
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE (AP -L Floridians will determine on
.March 9 who will control their water, a more important
decision than who should run for President, a legislator said
"There is not one issue more important to people than this
issue of March 9,' Sen. Philip Lewis, D-West Palm Beach,
said of a'proposed constitutional amendment on presidential
preference primary ballots.
THE PROPOSAL would allow water management districts
to levy a tax on property in their areas to finance water plan-
ning and control operations.
"I'm shocked to go around and find out people don't know
it's on the ballot," Lewis told the Senate Natural Resources
Committee during discussions of the problems of water man-
Lewis urged fellow lawmakers, conservation groups and
agricultural Interests to educate Floridians on the importance
of passing the constitutional amendment.
PASSAGE IS essential to givng the six locally controlled
districts the financing needed to draw up their segments of au
state water use plan, and im-
plementing it, he said.
S"If that should fai, we've
S< I got two alternatives, and the
; two alternatives are sad," he
"First, not to implement
S the water plan. The other is to
'-transfer water authority to
Tallahassee and make eun-
uchs out of all these boards."
S j The 1f75 legislature ap-
proved the proposed amend-
meat after a court ruled that
the districts did not have the
power to levy property t' ses
unless it had been granted 'by
Sa vote of the people affected
75 THE SOUTHWEST Florida
Water Management District
and Central & Southern Flood
ote Control District had been levy-
t ing small property taxes to fi-
of the senate' nance their operations.
ed that Flori- Lewis said that if they lost
Swho will con- their taxing authority, the
state would have to pay more
people than this than $30 million a year out of
t Palm Beach, general revenue funds for
amendment on operation of the districts that
serve most of the state's popu-
ent districts to nation.
ce.watr8pla-- he other distrfet_ do .no
issue will decide levy taxes and receive $4000,000
each annually from the state.
People erroneously believe
That if they vote down the ref-
erendum their property taxes
will be lowered. Donald Mor-
gan of the district said.
SEN. JULIAN LANE, D-
Tampa, argued against trying
to educate the public, saying
the mood was against any
form of taxation this year and
"If we try to educate them
we're going to lose it. If we
leave it on there and keep it
low, people will vote for it,"
Lane, owder of a cattle
company and involved in agri-
cultural interests, said he
Knows how important it Is to
'el lipe amenndment nIes-ed
me h mndetpse