have charged. It does not give
some areas a "free ride" on other
taxpayers, as others contend. In
fact, one of its purposes is to end
such a free ride,- r .' "
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A BIT of history is necessary
to put the situation in focus.
The Southern district was
;created in 1949, and the Southwest
district in 1961. Both bavM, hp
of the people, property tax powers:--
The Southern district up to I mill;
the Southwest, up to 1.3 mills.
The 1972 Legislature, in the'
landmark Water Resources Act,
created three new districts, so that
five cover the entire state, and
realigned the boundaries of the two
a ready, existing.
SThe'Florida Supreme Court,
however, ruled in a suit brought
Sby people in areas not-previously
i in the old districts that they could
Stbei taxed- wth.t a direct vote.
Pu|bed bwb THE TRItt 4E :OMPM. 1a2 .Parker r. Tamp. M11.: 3360k
James A. Clendinen J. Stewart Bryan
Chairman of the Editorial Board Executire V'ice Preside
'4 Paul Hogan Richard F. Pittimnan..
'Managing Editor General Manager
Rn in sula r Pro
0 PROPOSAL should,be criti--,-
c.ized for doing what tLwpon't ,. ditorial f T
do or not doing,what it was never l toi ,a:'V U Vn I'
Intended to do and Floridlansi'-'' .
should regard' the state constiu-l'-The amendment to be voted upon "
Stional amendment on their arch. 4 March, 9,is expressly designed to tri
9 ballots in hat.lig remedy -that Aproval- of the bu
That amendment, .d ted, amenmntkw I onstute'that Th
would authorize local taxes for vote. -. .A e wa
Sweater management purposes not to If the amendment fails the two cO
I exceed 1 mill. old districts will continue to wi
< Thintent of the proposal is operatewithin their old boundaries ed
h primarily'to permit two major. exi- and continue, to. tax on the old tax st
primarilylto permit two major ex.
listing water control districts the authority they had authority
Southwest FloridaWaterManage- specifically extended to them when 6
Sent District in this area and the the new, Florida Constitution was
Central and Southern Flood Con- adopted in 1968. w
trol District to the southeast to But the new boundaries will not ta
Retain taxipg powers they already be in effect. That will be detrimen- r
| have, and to grant the same powers tal to Florida's control of its water p;
to three new districts.- resources, since the new bounda-. dl
ries are more commensurate with m
It does not create new districts watersheds and aquifers than were yi
which can increase taxes, as some the old. di
e Tribune ;
Moreover, the three new dis
cts will still be in existence
t without local tax authority
is means that if the entire state'
iter resources are to be properly
ntrolled, these three. district
11 have to continue to be support
- as they are now by
ate's general revenue fund.
The effect of this is that the
i per cent of Floma's people
vlag in the two-e. districts,
ho pay 71 per cent of the state
ixes that support the guntral
evenue fand, will Wt oaly be
ayig fir water csntrel In their
Istricts but als patag an esti-
tated millis to 1 slien a
ear to operate the other three
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STHE APALACHICOLA RIVER
.: Pa hanle Da n't Share ..
, ,' -L . ', -, ...
.to figure thi
suffer. In tho
district, in i
zles, the tax
"im 1.3 mi
voted those I
Act limits tb
to .3 mill,,p
I; leodrr 'le ea
Spowers WATER CONTROL STRUCTUF
Legisl-: ,: The Peninsi
B that the
Theb p lli eninsular
Florida supply for
urban areo. What water metro-
politan i ,,l uses is mostly
draw from wer s and to a small
e xtent br~i l 11 rivers. *,
In the i1-IjMI#n the otheq,.
hand, in a distance of about 200
nhiles, lie eight of Florida's major
*rivers: The bEcaba, Blackwater,
Yellow, CBoe atchee. Econfina,
ApalachicolaOchlockoee and St.
The average flow of these eight
rivers is 24 billie gallons a day,
far more than any projected need-
i 1r UK ai Mi CiMfon.
ttilnims Zfloarverb dbidl flew of
IE, SNAKE CREEK, DADE
What it may have a need for some-
time is more flood control.
SO FLORIDIANS, particularly
in this area, should go to the polls
March 9 fully aware that the
proposed amendment is not going
to increase their taxes (in some
cases it will decrease them); it is
-ot goas -tw create new-districts;
and it is not going to give- the
Panhandle a free ride.
the Hilisboerogh Riverfwhm which What it will do is validate the
Tampa draws its -water; it is 24 more orderly and efficient solution
times the combined flow of Rain- to one of Florida's most pressing
bow and Silver Springs. problems -'water supply estab-
listed by the- 172 Water Resources
'So th e water district Act- td.td guarantee the fairest
i So lh panhandle water district.. ,,,,an X, support of that"L. L
doesn't: i id: controls to solve its -
water kpplf problems;. iddoes not 'So whatever others do, it (.to
have, aqd never will have so long. the great aIvantage of residents of
as adequate pollution controls ari; 'peninsularFlIda to vote FOBthe
maintained._ a sunnlv nroble
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