Title: FCM: Water Referendum Should Be Defeated
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Title: FCM: Water Referendum Should Be Defeated
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Language: English
Publisher: The Ledger
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: FCM: Water Referendum Should Be Defeated, Feb 12, 1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 26
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Thursday,February 12,1976 THE LEDGERECEIViL


FCM: Water Referendum

Should Be Defeated


Florida Citrus Mutual
passed a resolution Wed-
nesday during defeat of the
water management referen-.
dum which will be held
March 9 in conjunction with
the Florida presidential
primary.
The referendum was
proposed by the state
legislature'at the end of 1975
to amend the 1968 revised
state constitution. Its purpose
is to levy ad valorem taxes
with a ceiling of one mill for
five water management
districts and .05 of a mill for
Northwest Water Man-
agement District.
Mutual's motion called for
the "active support for the
defeat of the referendum,
which would send the
problem back to the
legislature. The proposed
amendment was termed
"misleading and an unatep-
table funding tool." The
inequity in one mill for most
of the state and only 1/20th of
a mill for Northwest was
criticized.
In another resolution,
Mutual urged the Florida
Department of Agriculture,
the Divison of Plant Industry
and the U.S. Department of
Agriculture to "declare an
Emergency" in Broward
'County in view of the black
fly threat to citrus. It asked
these authorities to "proceed
with due haste" to institute
and carry forward a chemical
eradication program.
Black fly, considered as the
worst citrus pests,, has been


found over a 50-square-mile
area in Fort Lauderdale. The
government agencies were
criticized for not taking
"more rapid steps" in this
matter. Reportedly, an
argument developed between
the USDA and the Plant In-
dustry over the control
measures. Dr. Jim Griffiths,
director, special projects,
described it as an "in-house
problem" of the USDA.

Mutual motion said any
containment program by the
use of biological control
procedures would be un-
satisfactory to the Florida
citrus industry.
In another motion unexpec-
ted Mutual President Frank
Bouis will attend the Florida
Citrus Commission's meeting
Feb. 18 to express the indig-
nant feelings of growers for
not bringing the Florida ID
issue to a vote.
Mutual member Buford
Long said some growers were
threatening an'injunction
against the Department of
*Citrus to stop all advertising
if. the commission could not
implement the ID proposal.
Revenue for the ad budget
comes from growers.
In reporting on market con-
ditions, Tom Osborne,
executive vice president of
Mutual, said valencia outlook
this season was "highly
favorable."
Demands are high at near
record, he said. Valencia crop
is estimated at 2.7 million
boxes less than last season.


FEB 2 0 1976


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