Title: Water Issue Marked By Political Maneuvering
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Title: Water Issue Marked By Political Maneuvering
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: Tampa Times
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Water Issue Marked By Political Maneuvering, March 8, 1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 37
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002085
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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future of Florida's water re- water management districts already SWFWMD. sad. ola, -essa s ne A

.. shares te ballet with press .'reatedacrossthestate.. A bill has already been filedby Protecting the interests of rural .teer n critici t .'.county conunis*

would- statewide water I-ou area. ,.... borouhCount Theount commondays more representation or Pinellas and Hilsborough commission chairman playing rght into ieas s
Sa great deal of politissue ave m a total tax- ke on SWFWMD's governing by ust protect thebesinecalest o a ing of northwest Hillsboraneuveringve water

y inMORR KENNEDY this g power i 1968.So.newrd, taxing powersmust be ough15 member res oure, annty oe says the sources district nellas C ounty wellfields. ly lvy auorites. SWFWMDach causenty a ted
has been no esStafcept Wrier legislated i SWFWM is to continue. within northwed by Hllsboroughough, but three-tenths of a w it l. so Hillsboroughe resource such as water Is at state ine
.The vote s to decde ether theSWFWMD would be allowed to tax up. The referendum authorized alliances this and both mmissionfeel inadequately membeprse- has the greatest representation on said.
constitution should be ended to one m redng.the water dis- extmiends the taxing right to other llsb Kisentdr would have itgovrn will meboard sasof- taxing matters under this system h Hilsborough's stateal in water di
allow future of Foridasr management dstrets trts levying ability by three-tenwaterhs ough management districts already SWFWMD.or the state's watr. d. cola, D-Odess. has joined withcA-that it s set tribution.
shars the the ballte ot with presim ofami created across the stprotestA against In ll has already been Hils-ed by Protecting the interests of rural senaiteer n crticizin the county commis
It ics a limit of one mill ($1 The referendum is necessary But the referendum hasr-cunty sys- borough County has the greatest However. MAteer sofid that the which control opposition the mount of waterendum.
Severy $100 of propertyiona amendment cause legislation in 1972 altered threater significance than this n Hills Kiser. R-Dunedn, that would allow problem" of democratic gove rep- available ommissior the supply agencies.
statewide~ wae 15-cuntyarea

e on the taxing authority of the water districts boundaries. This borough viCounty The county commis- more respres teer said pointtion that thereas arend Hilisborough commission chairman played continueght into Pinellas Crepresenty's
bogemred SWFWMDv4s divide d iinito bara sin has gone on record unanimously Hillsborough Counties on 'the water' Betty' Castor said. But, "we have a_ hands." Spicola said.
Like presidential campaigning. the b's oppsevto* ihe amendment. it a move district's governing board.i. ''.. fine example of how our interests in Spicola, chairman of the senate
iQn of water Ta Florida, and partcu- drawn along water flow lines around that is admittedly aimed at applying But 'water district chairman',Der! this county have, not been protected." natural resources committee. has pro-
iy the Tampa area, has been the .river basins. Presently, the agency pressure to give urban counties more rill McAteer argued that 'the. district she continued, pointing to the drain- posed a plan under which the' state
test Flo great deal of politiManage- caused its bto losein boardits have a total taxpr voice on SWFWMD's governing ust protect the boards ineresting of a ing of northwest Hillsborough of thakestive would be divided nto five water sup.

91st District (SWFWMD). which in- which was grandfathered in when the Pinellas County has been in a run- this county. Each basin board has country from the dominance of more because they "represent the re-
Sig in recent years and thin ing power of.3 mills. a board, where 'each of its 15 member resource, and says the weighted vot- by Pinellas County wellfields. ply authorities. Each county In these
has been no exception. Under uthe proposed change, counties now has one vote. l g proposed by Hillsborough County "Others with a fraction of the pop.- authorities would be represented in
The vote is to decide whether the, SWFWMD would be allowed to tax up An odd alliance between recent en- commissioners, or more members as ulation also have one representative proportion to its population. because
A& constitution should be amended to one mill. reducing. the water dis- emies has developed, with Hillsbor- Kiser would have it, will mean disas- on that board." Mrs. Castor said. such boards would deal in water dis-
Sthe state to levy ad velorem of a mill. sioners joining in protest against In the lesser basin boards. Hills- upon fairness of representation." The water management districts.
es. It' As a limit of one mill ($1 The referendum is necessary be- SWFWMD's one-vote-per-county sys- borough County has the greatest However. McAteer said that the which control the amount of water
f every $1000 of property assess- cause legislation in 1972 altered the tem. Commissioners argue that such amount of representation now. McA- U.S. Sente is established with two rep- available for the supply agencies.
et) on the taxing authority of the 'water district's boundaries. This a system violates the democratic teer said. pointing out that there are resentatives for each state in order to would continue to have one represent-

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twes Florida Water Manage- caused it to lose its taxing authority principle of equal representation three such boards operating within protect less populated sections of the ative from each district. Spicol said.
vest District (SWFWMD). which in- which was grandfathered in when the Pinellas County has been in a run- this county. Each basin board has country from the dominance of more because they "represent the re- ;
E illsboroug County within its state's: constitution was revised in ning, aggressive feud with Hillsbor- control over one full mill. while the urban states. Such a balance is neces- source."

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