Title: Announcement
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Title: Announcement
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Language: English
Publisher: Florida News Service
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
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Abstract: Announcement, March 5, 1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 43
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002091
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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SPHONES. 831.0961
L W S \ 831-9271

F FLORIDA NEWS SERVICE
SP. O. BOX 10278 TAMPA, FLORIDA 33609

S \ Syndicating Neos and Features to Over 250 Florida Newspapers

RECEIVED CONTACT: David Boozer
(813) 294-8802
MAR 5-197
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
By .------_--------
Winter Haven, (FNS), The Florida Water Well Association's
Board of Directors has passed a resolution not to support the
state-wide referendum on taxation for water management districts
and said it would like to see the matter sent back to the legis-
lature should it be defeated to clarify several items before the
question is again presented to the'voters.
The Board stated that while it fully supports the establish-
fment of regional water management districts through out the
state, they could not endorse the referendum because its passage
would not necessarily insure adequate representation on the
water management districts governing boards.
Specifically, the association would like to see the require-
ment of an Advisory Board composed of citizens, ground water
industry representatives, geologists, hydrologists and environ-
mentalists at each district level to provide policy guidance and
recommendations to the governing boards as an alternative source
of technical and outside.input rather than each district relying
solely on internal staff for policy making decisions.
Since the two existing districts the Southwest Florida
Water Management District and South Florida Flood Control will
not be effected if the referendum is defeated, because voters
have already approved their taxing authority, the association
board felt that there is time for the legislature to make changes
in the plan and to provide for better coordination between the
water districts and other planning agencies.

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Other opposition to the amendment cited were: The amendment

is misleading and the ballot omits a portion of the amendment

to be voted upon. There is an inequity in the millages proposed

for some districts against others. There is no plan on how to

use the money once the referendum is passed. There is a lack of

provisions for coordination between water and other planning

agencies. It makes no provisions for continuation of jood policies

within current water management districts, and in a tight money

year it is possible the legislation could withhold general

revenue funds and at the same time raise millage on property for

ad valorem taxes.

The Florida Water Well Association is an organization composed

of nearly 200 water well contractors, suppliers and technical

people to assist, promote, encourage and support the interests

and welfare of the ground water industry in Florida. One of the

primary objectives of the association is to aid and promote

scientific education, standards, research and techniques in order

to improve methods of well construction and development of water

resources.




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