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||Water Tax Ruling 'Not in Time'
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Water Tax Ruling 'Not in Time', Feb 13, 1976
||Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 25
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ly KAREN MEYER come in time to take the issue South West Florida Water Brevard lies in, are the only districts were changed to com-
TODAY sff writr off the ballot. Management- ----District two water management dis- ply with the 1972 Water Re-
A Florida Supreme Court Fifth Judicial Circuit (SWFMD)-would mean los- tricts that currently have the sources Act drawing water
decision that could overturn a Court Judge E. C. Aulls ruled ing taxing power. power to tax. Together they management district bounda-
circuit court ruling requiring that changing the boundaries SWFMD and the Central collect about $25 million in ad ries around natural river bas-
a March 9 referendum for a of an existing special taxing and Southern Florida Flood. valorem (property) taxes. ins, the new state constitution
proposed special tax won't district-in this case, the Control District (FCD), which Aulls ruled that if those would apply.
The 1968 constitution prov-
ides that no new special taxing
districts can be created with-
out the consent of the people.
The Legislature put the matter
before the people as a referen-
dum, and the SWFMD filed an
Florida resident will vote
March 9 to amend that provi-
sion of the constitution to al-
low the levy of an ad valorem
tax of up to one mill "for wa-
ter management purposes."
-Rep. Bill Nelson, D-Mel-
bourne, wrote Florida Su-
preme Court Chief Justice Ben
Overton, requesting the case
be heard as soon as possible
"because of our need to know
as the Appropriations Commit-
Stee starts appropriating mon-
ey." Overton agreed to hear
arguments Feb. 10, but both
sides requested the hearings
be postponed until April 7, be-
cause they had only been giv-
en 11 days notice.
"If the court hears it April
7, and renders its decision, it
will still be in time" for Nel-
son's Appropriations Com-
mmittee," he said. "By then
we'll also know the results of
"It's a very close case.
There is a good law on both
sides." Nelson said.
SMfAR 10 1976