1.) Why should a water management district and basin board,
is in part a regulatory agency, be financed by local ad
2.) The wording on the ballot will appear as follows:
Article VII, Section 9
Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution authorizing
and limiting local taxes for water management purposes to
not more than (1) mill.
Why does the ballot not state
will only be 1/20th of a mill
that the northwest district maximum
3.) Will SWFWMD retain its current ad valorem taxing power if the
amendment is defeated?
4.) Water management is a state wide problem and must be dealt with on
a statewide, coordinated basis. Why should it not be state funded?
5.) It is argued that the passage of this amendment will allow the
control of water management programs and water resource development
to remain at the local level--not in Tallahassee. Our present local
level is in Brooksville so do we really have a large amount of
6.) The present ad valorem tax is levied on all
personal property. Is this a fair method of
the cost of water management? Is the burden
non-exempt real and
really placed on the
7.) What would be the total proposed budget for all five water management
8.) Do you feel water management is primarily a responsibility of the
state and should be funded from general revenue?
9.) Do you favor a political appointed board having the power to levy
an ad valorem tax?
10.) What other sources of funding, other than ad valorem, are available
to finance state wide water management problems?
11.) Presently SWFWMD can levy up to .3 mill and the Basin Boards can levy
up to 1 mill for a 1.3 mill cap. The millage for SWFWMD is the same
throughout the district but each Basin Board has a different millage
for a different total millage in each county depending on specifically
what basin board one lives in the proposed amendment will no longer
separate the two assessing bodies, district and basin, but instead
will have one total district wide millage. Will this not lower present
taxes for some residences and raise it for others depending on
where they live?
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Spage 2 QUESTIONS
12.) If the referendum passes will the revenue generated from the
taxes be used for operating expenses, i.e. research, planning,
and administration, or will the revenue be used to fund the
construction and maintenance of public works?
13.) Why was the mill cap set at one (1)?
14.) How unstable are general revenue funds from Tallahassee?
15.) If the referendum passes will each district have to have legislative.
16.) Is there need for taxing authority in the Panhandle?
17.) It is said that if the referendum is passed money will be available
to formulate a state water use plan. If this is true, is a plan
needed, how much will it cost, and finally who will draw it up?
18.) If the referendum fails will the legislature allow transfer of
district boundaries by December 31, 1976?
19.) If the referendum fails will the "three new districts" continue
to operate on general revenue funds?
20.) Why hasn't there been more publicity from Tallahassee on the
21.) Regardless of whether the referendum passes or fails, what
does the future hold for the water management districts?