Title: Basin Concept has Little Interest
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Title: Basin Concept has Little Interest
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Language: English
Publisher: Naples Star
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Basin Concept has Little Interest, Sept 5, 1975
General Note: Box 10, Folder 1 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1975 - 1975 ), Item 92
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lE 'y6S GRAY h dnwts here wept the legdsated." hetoid her. "The
tiew"s Fetaorww as be bamo&d. egislature wemi hew to
jpell it ut.".


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Cmiecounity'sebances of
entering the South Floida
Water Management District
- a separate basin, with its
mn governing board and
taxing authority, seemed
4im after a conference eid
with water management of-
ficals here Sept. 3.
"It would cause us tre-
mendous problems," said
Robert Grafton, attorney for
the Central and Southern
Florida Flood Control Dis-
trict. That is the district into
which. Collier County is
tdieduled to be absorbed on
Dec. 31, 19, when the en-
largeddistrict will change its.
mase to the South Florida
Water Management District.
in all of its 5 years'
existence, Central and
Sothed has never had -a
basin, separate and authoriz-
ed, to tax within its own
hlers. FCD officials here
Wednesday stated quite
p inly they will resist the
concept when te state water
management plan is imple-

e'lt meeting Sept. 3 was
arranged by Rep. Mary Ellen
Hawkins, to brief county res-
idets on the issue involved
when the state water man-
agemaent plan is implement-
ed.

How it is done is yet to be
decided. Legislators will
have to wait until after
March 1176 to see if Florida
voters will approve taxing
authority to fund the five
water districts into which the
state is divided.
I want people in Collier
County to know all the cir-
cumstances of this issue be-
fore they vote in March," said
Rep. Hawkins.
Toward this end she has
arranged another meeting
for 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8.
when the House of Repre-
sentatives' Select Committee
on Water Management Dis-
tricts will be at the Collier
County Courthouse to find out


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oaby about S pope at-
tendoa thefars meetingSept.
3. The usmaatalladance was
blamed on a conflict with
another gathering in Collier
County at the same time -
the US. Corps of Engineers
hearing on Deltona's request
for dredge and iM pemits.
A county commmiomas,
with the exception of David
C. "Doc" Brown were pres-
ent Sept. 3 for the meeting
with representatives of Cen-
tral and Southern Flood Con-
trol District, and those from
Southwest Florida Water
Management District, the
only other of the five state
districts which is already
operating.
Southwest Florida oper-
ates on a basin board con-
cept. It has 11 bias, each
with its own governing board
and with authority to set its
own taxing requirements, up
to one mill. Bob Carlton, a
member of one basin board
in the district calls the idea
great. becauset keeps cos-
-.tact with the people of the
localities."
The FCD takes an opposite
view, that a district cannot
consider localities, but must
gear its management for the
benefit of the entire district.

Rep. Hawkins has publicly
stated she favors a basin
concept because she believes
it would give more local
control to Collier County of
its water management andof
tax dollars paid here.

During Wednesday's meet-
tng she put the question
bluntly to the FCD repre-
sentatives:
"Would yeo consider ac-
cepting us as a basin?"
Attorney Grafton dodged
an answer, "It would be a
decision for the gova~ ing
board," he replied.
But Don Morgan. assistant
director for the FCD, was
direct. "It would have to be


Jhere Was little "Ibo,
ann -xp---- -- *'!!-'-


Daring the oag session
from 10:3 a.m. antiM after I
p.m. those peset heard the
two district debate which
concept could better handle
the problems Florida is fac-
ing in water ceration
Southwest stressed the o-
cal control basins give. The
FCD pointed out that South-
west taxpayers pay more for
the advantage. with a tax
levy to boh the basin and the
district.
Grafton, theFCD attorney
stated, "You -ca write it in
the book if the basin
cuncep isbetter,it's because
yoM pay me to get it."

"Water systems in Florida
should be interconcted in
a grid system, like electric
companies," was the coan-
meet of Don Feastr, execu-
tive director of Southwest.
But L.M. "iBddy" Btlain,
Southwest's attorney, bad
thefinal say. His comment to
Collier officials was statee
ater management is going
to be implemented ne way
or another.

The transfer will take
place, regardless f the vote
outcome next March when
voters are asked to approve
the taxation."
Mst of Collier County's
concern expressed Wedns-
day was what would happen
toCellier tax dollarsonc the
county as swallowed up In th
huge, new South Florind di
tnct.

No one was very remour
ing there would be vuimbir
benefits. at legat en It m"1t
lately.


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thte"sly 14ic & a a,,,,q I
11q1110 district uhtr ,
aMfrts have conrmj .,,
mainly a Ieeds of Ui .,, .,
maaa

TIe lack of enthumil.,n
was mutual. Don Monrganm
the FCD staff, told the calh
eIng. "We did Iot prom
taking Collier Couty into our
district. Lod knows we ha\,-
enough problems "


And repestaives of the
Southwest Florida Manage
meat District;, known as
SWIFTMUD. hastened to add
tt their presence did not
mean they wanted Collier
County added to their jurs
diction either.

The most evident agree-
ment came i recognition b%
both districts that concern
for water is the maor issue
in Florida today.

"ft is beomin ne of the
coastal areas versus the i
land," said Derre McAtee
Southwest's chairman. He,
added his belief that Florida
is beaded for much maor
regulation n the future.




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