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Abstract: Letter with Attached Proposal, Feb 23, 1976, from Philip Lewis
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 62
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FOR LOVE OF WATER



FOR the Amendment:


GOVERNOR
REUBIN O ASKEW

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
J. H. WILLIAMS

ATTORNEY GENERAL
ROBERT L. SHEVIN

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
DOYLE CONNER

SEN. PHILIPD. LEWIS

SN. D. ROBERT GRAHAM

SEN. LEWBRANTLEY

SEN. GUY $SCOLA

REP. A. H. CRAIG

REP. W. E. FULFORD

REP. TOM LEWIS

REP. BOB McKNIGHT

JOHN ANDERSON, P.E.

TRUDY BERNHARD

GEORGE BROWN

ROBERT L. CLARK, JR.

DR. JOHN M. DeGROVE

JOEL KUPERBERG

DERRILL McATEER

EDWARDMEDARD

TOM RANKIN

ROBERTM. RHODES, Esq.

GEORGE RUPPELL

ALICE WAINWRIGHT


february 23;, 1976



Enclosed for your information and possible

editorial action is information on the forthcoming

state-wide referendum on water management to


le held Mairch 9.



As this proposal is vital to Florida, arid its

citizens, I hope you will urge favorable consitler-


ation by the voters. ,In a:iy eventybur helping to


inform your audience of this issue will be a


service to the people and will be greatly


appreciated.



With kindest regards,




Senator Philip D. Lewis
Chairman

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SEN. PHILIP D. LEWIS, CHM.
P. 0. FBOk 9726
RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA 33404
.. (306) 82-3876


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FOR LOVE OF WATER


SEN. PHILIP D. LEWIS, CHM.
P. O. BOX 9726
RIVIERA BEACH, FLORIDA 33404
(305) 832-3876


FOR the Amendment:


GOVERNOR
REUBIN O'D. ASKEW

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
J. H. WILLIAMS

ATTORNEY GENERAL
ROBERT L. SHEVIN

COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE
DOYLE CONNER

SEN. PHILIP D. LEWIS

SEN. D. ROBERT GRAHAM

SEN. LEWBRANTLEY

SEN. GUY SPICOLA

REP. A. H. CRAIG

REP. W. E. FULFORD

REP. TOM LEWIS

REP. BOB McKNIGHT

JOHN ANDERSON, P.E.

TRUDY BERNHARD

GEORGE BROWN

ROBERT L. CLARK, JR.

DR. JOHN. DeGROVE

JOEL KUPERBERG

DERRILL McATEER

EDWARD MEDARD

TOM RANKIN

ROBERTM. RHODES, Esq.

GEORGE RUPPELL

ALICE WAINWRIGHT


February 23, 1976



On March 9, 1976 -- the date of the Florida Presidential

Preference Primary -- Floridians will vote on the constitu-

tional amendment to authorize and limit ad valorem taxes

for water management.

The proposed amendment has the support of Governor


Reubin Askew and many political and environmental leaders

in Florida including Lieutenant Governor Jim Williams,


Attorney General Robert Shevin, and Agriculture Com-


missioner Doyle Conner. Two distinguished State Senators,

Phil Lewis of West Palm Beach and Robert Graham of

Miami Lakes, have been actively campaigning for the issue

throughout Florida.

Lewis heads a non-profit corporation called F. L. O. W.,

Inc. (For Love of Water), which is coordinating a statewide

campaign for the constitutional amendment.

"Water is our most precious resource, said Governor

Askew. "We must protect it, manage it, and use it wisely.

A vote for the amendment will reflect that desire statewide. "

Adoption of the amendment will further the implementation


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of Florida's landmark Water Resources Act passed by the Legislature and signed

by Governor Askew in 1972.

The Water Resources Act broadened and strengthened the reggulatory powers

of the two existing water management districts in primarily the southern half of

peninsular Florida. The law also established three other districts to cover

the rest of the State.

The Central and Southern Florida Flood Control District in 1949 and the

Southwest Florida Water Management District in 1961 were given authority

for ad valorem taxation by the Legislature.

The new water management districts for the Northwest, St. Johns, and

Suwanee areas do not have this taxing authority for water management and

can only receive it through the vote of concerned Floridians.

Approval of this constitutional amendment will assure a continuing partner-

ship between the State and local governments in water management, the

Governor maintains.

The amendment would authorize water management districts to levy up to

1 mill tax on property ($1 per $1,000 assessed valuation) except in Florida's

Panhandle where the maximum levy would be one-twentieth of a mill ($. 05 per

$1, 000 assessed valuation).

Passage of the amendment would actually mean a reduction in the maximum

taxing level for the 15-county Southwest Florida Water Management District

which is currently authorized by law to tax up to 1.3 mills. A one-mill ceiling

will apply.








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!The question now is not whether we will have water p~nagement, "

emphasizes Lieutenant Governor Williams, "but whether this, iniortant

process can be locally finainked and locally controlled. That is thE thrust

of this amendment. "

Attorney General Shevin pointed out that "the preservation of Florida's

water resources, the management of water-related resources such as fish

and Wildlife, and the prevention of flood damage are stutewee coneems that

need to be treated in a uniform manner. Passage of this important constitutional

provision will assure that uniformity. "

"I feel now we must plan for the wise use of our water resources, comments

Agriculture Commissioner Conner. "Florida!s burgeoning population and

increasing competition for water dictate good water management adequately

supported by a combination of federal, state, and local funds.

"I support the concept of property taxes to give the local support necessary

for a balanced water management program, Conner continued. "Only with

sound water management will there be enough good quality fresh water to meet

the needs of Florida agriculture now and in the future. "

Semtor Lewis said that passage of the amendment would "solidify the

State-local partnership in water management and continue to vest with local

residents the responsibility for daily planning, management, and regulatory

decisions in each district.

"It recognizes that delegated responsibilities require money and affords

the State Legislature an opportunity to annually evaluate district responsibilities


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and provide necessary funds and- taxing authority, Lewis added.





S;For further information contact:


Office of the Governor Ken Woodburn, the Capitol, Tallahassee, Fla.
32304, 904-488-2631.

-, ..Dept. of Environmental Regulation Chuck Littlejohn, 2562 Executive
S Center C cle, East, Montgomery Building, Tallahassee, Fla. 32301,
904-488- 778,

Nortbp Water Management Dist. Calvin Winter, Suite C-135,
325 Xh6 i$~aad, Tallahassee, Fla. 32303, 904-488-8281.

Suwarie1 Riv6r Water Management Dist. Jack Woodard, P. 0. Drawer
'"K", White Springs, Fla, 32096, 904-362-1001.

St. Johns River Water Management Dist. Jeannine Auth, Route 2,
Box 695, Palatka, Fla. 32077, 904-325-5383.

Southwest Fla. Water Management Dist. E. D. (Sonny) Vergara,
P. O. Box 457, Brooksville, Fla, 33512, 904-796-7211.

Flood Control District Don Morgan, P. 0. Box "V", West Palm Beach,
Fla. 33402, 305-686-8800.

Ridge and Lower Gulf Coast Water Management District Mary k~umpe,
1051 Bayou Plaza, Sarasota, Fla. 33579, 813-955.4094.




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