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||3 Legislators Oppsed Water District Tax Bill, Feb 21, 1976
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3 legislators oppose
(water district tax bill
By JANE DAUGHERTY
St. Petersrg Timn Staff Write
Three Pinellas legislators Friday
announced their opposition to the proposed
constitutional amendment to set tax limits
for water management districts.
At a joint meeting of the Clearwater and
St. Petersburg Leagues of Women Voters, a
fourth legislator, State Sen. Henry B. Say-
jg R-St. Petersburg, while not publicly op-
posing the measure, said the amendment is
"dead right now."
When it fails on March 9," Sa
"tis-mv iintention ,to1le a bill to reReal-the
961act (that create the 1 5countv South-
west Florida Water Management District
"I LOOK for transfer of water anag
ment to state government I think we'll
a strong water office and abolih the ds-
SM e D-Clearwater, Mary
G l R-Beleair, and George Hiebe I-
terburg, all said they oppose the
amendment because of what they called
"unfair representation" of Pinellas County
on the nine-member southwest water
board, commonly known as Swiftmud.
The board is appointed by the governor,
who is prohibited by law from naming more
than one member from each county.
Moore said that with "unfair representa-
tion" on Swiftmud and "unequal taxing"
for water, "We're being asked to support
something that may come back to haunt us
and hurt us very badly."
SAYLER ASKED: "Should water,
which is something everybody needs, be fi-
nanced from property tax? Should we allow
a non-elected body to levy that property
Charging that only "three people in the
whole state government really know any-
thing about water," Sayler said, "We've got
no water problems in Florida in the foresee-
able future; what we've got is a water distri-
Sale said state water engineers are
need to solve the distribution problem
and that a statewide roram would oe
the ok h disatit tfr manam
boards which he predicted wouldvied
"somebi sur i "
S delegation has long been
critical of Swiftmud budgets as lacking
enough detail to reveal how the money is ac-
Mrs. Grizzle said of the amendment,
"I'd just as soon see it go down in defeat so
we can come up with something better."
Hieber said the water districts were "set
up basically for agricultural purposes and
to control floods," not to distribute water.
The delegation chairman, Rep. S. Curtis
Kiser, R-Dunedin, reiterated his belief
that if the amendment fails "the Legisla-
ture will have to spend a lot of time on how
they want water handled as a resource."
Bills introduced by the predominately
Republican Pinellas delegation have gener-
ally not fared well in the Democrat-
controlled Florida Legislature, but House
Rules Committee Chairman A. H. "Gus"
Craig, D-St. Augustine, said Thursday that
if the amendment fails he will sponsor legis-
lation to make the water districts state