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||Senator Talks of Water Vote
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Senator Talks of Water Vote, Sept 17, 1975
||Box 10, Folder 1 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1975 - 1975 ), Item 89
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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TALLAHASSEE The former ch
natural resources committee 'says he
dians don't realize they will vote Marc
trol their fresh-water supplies.
"There is not one issue more import
issue of March 9," Sen. Philip Lewis,
Said yesterday of a proposed constiti
presidential preference primary ballots.
The proposal would allow, water m
levy a tax on property in-their areas
ning and control operations. Officials s
whether the state or local boards control
By JOHN MUELLER
SAssociated Press Writer
S TALLAHASSEE (API 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
its 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 giving 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.
---. "If that should fai, we've
'. I got two alternatives, and the
Sto alternatives are sad," he
"First, not to implement
*. the water plan. The other is to
transfer water authority to
Tallahassee and make eun-
uchs out of all these boards."
j The IY7 legislature ap-
proved the proposed amend-
ment 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
17--7 THE SOUTHWEST Florida
Water Management District
S- and Central & Southern Flood
iter vote Control District had been levy-
ing small property taxes to fi-
airman of the senate' nance their operations.
's shocked that Flori- Lewis said that if they lost
:h 9th on who will con- their taxing authority, the
state would have to pay more
ant to people than this than $30 million a year out of
D-West Palm Beach, general revenue funds for
utional amendment on operation of the districts that
Serve most of the state's popu-
anagement districts to nation.
tofinance .waterplan- "The either distrfet do O,
ay the issue will decide levy taxes and receive $40000
water. each annually from the state.
People erroneously believe
that if they vote down the ref-
erendum their property taxes
Swill 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
Ime lthe lamendmenl nasewd
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