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Title: Water Management Taxing Issue Aired
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Water Management Taxing Issue Aired, Feb 28, 1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 20
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Water Management Taxing Issue Aired


By MAE POHLE
Ledger Staff Writer
LAKE WALES -- Failure
of the March 9 referendum to
provide ad valorem taxing for
:water management purposes
will precipitate a "crisis" in
water management policies
S in Florida, according to a
leading proponent of the
issue.
But, according' to a
'spokesman for one of the
-prestigious opponents of the
-referendum, it will give the
legislature time to come up
with a fairer plan for funding
the state's five water
management districts.
Speaking to Florida Bipar-
tisans in Lake Wales "for"
the question was attorney
Jack Brandon, chairman of
the New Ridge and Lower
Gulf C'oast Water
SManagement District. Taking

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the opposing view was Dalton'
Yancey, a representative of
Florida Citrus Mutual.
The water management
taxing, referendum is one of
two which voters will vote on
in the March 9 election, which
is also the presidential
preferential primary. The
other question deals with a
bond issue to construct a new
criminal justice facility in
Polk County. The latter is a
county issue only; the water
management taxing question
is statewide and provides for
amendment to the Florida
Constitution.
Basically, the referendum
would provide ad valorem or
property taxing ability to the
five water management
districts. Two of these,. Cen-
tral and South Florida Flood
Control District and South-
west Florida Water


Management District,
already enjoy such power and
between them have budgets
totaling $29 million a year.
SCreation -of the three new
districts for parts of the state
never before governed in this
way also provided for realign-
ment of the original districts.
It was learned, after the
realignment was authorized,
that unless taxing -powers
.were extended to all the
districts, the change in
geographic boundaries for the
'old districts would jeopardize
their taxing power.
* The referendum extending
taxing power, both speakers
explained, was to allow the
geographic change without
jeopardizing taxing ability.
But opponents of the referen-
dum say the wording is "too
vague" that it applies not just
to the districts but for any
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water management "pur- delay the geographic
pose." changes. '
Brandon argued such But where they parted com-
flexibility of language is pany is what would happen
- needed in a constitutional after that. -
amendment, but Yancey con- -Yancey said the defeat.
tended it is too flexible. would cause a better and
Citrus Mutual, Yancey added, more equitable plan to be
favors the concept of
property taxation to support .
water management but it
wants other.local control con-
cepts spelled out such as' the
Extension of basin boards.to
all districts. This is
something which SWFWMD
alone operates under now.
Both speakers agreed the
defeat of the referendum
would not.take away the
taxing power of the two older
districts because ongoing
projects of both would be tor-
pedoed. Should the amend-
ment fail, both said they ex-
pected the legislature to


drawn up. Brandon said this
was a "too idealistic" view
and he is afraid defeat would
mean the legislature backs.
off the issue e a'nd.
water management districts
will be poorly funded from,
general revenue funds. '


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