Title: Paying for the Future: Chiles Water Studies
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Title: Paying for the Future: Chiles Water Studies
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Abstract: Paying for the Future: Chiles Water Studies, 5/11/1991
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Paying for




the future


Chiles

studies

water fee

Tribune Staff Writer


TALLAHASSEE The gov-
ernor is considering a state wa-
ter-consumption fee on
homeowners, Industry and farm-
ers, Lt Gov. Buddy MacKay said
Friday. th
The proposed fee, a tax
state would collect based on the
number gallons used, would pay
for expensive procedures to
make salt water drinkable and
encourage conservation. A siil-
lar tax was shot down by Florida
lawmakers this year but is being
revived for the next legislative
session.
"I think
it's an idea
we've got to
pursue and
see what the
implications
are," Mac-
Kay said by
telephone
Friday. "It
might keep
us out of the MacKay
problems i
California is having now because
they didn't think ahead."
MacKay also would like to
see the state's five water man-
agement districts, the agencies
that regulate water use in Flori-
da, more closely coordinated
with the state Department of Ep-
vironmental Regulation.
Rep. Sandy Safely, R-Clear-
water, sponsor of the failed wa-
ter-fee legislation, met with
Chiles and MacKay last week to
discuss the tax and other possi-
ble changes to Florida water pol-
icy.


"The governor thinks water
will be the issue of the decade,
and seemed very supportive of
the fee idea," Safley said.
MacKay emphasized that nei-
ther he nor Gov. Lawton Chiles is
sold on the proposed tax, but
both believe it has strong poten-
tial and should be studied.
The tax may be the best way
to raise the millions of dollars
cities and counties need to devel-
op water facilities and
and cut per capital use. The m n-
ey could be used to build h h-
tech sewage treatment pla ts
and pipeline systems that
send recycled water to reside n-
tial neighbors and golf cou
for lawn irrigation, MacKay d.
A consumption tax also may n-
crease conservation, since
pie tend to use less water if t's
more expensive, he said.
"It's clear that if we want to
think about water conserve m
and water reuse, we ought to
have the funding to put those in
place," MacKay said. "We ht
be able to put into place
that'll help us 10 or 20 y
from now."
Technically, water is fren
Florida. The monthly WaterI ill
customers receive is for the
of pumping, cleaning and transpol
ing the water. Most farmers deper
on well water, which costs them tt
price of sinking and operating
Swell. A water tax would chanj
that. People would be paying ti
state for the actual water.
Safley's bill called for a 10-cei
tax on every 1,000 gallons used by


water utility, business or farmer.
SThe money would have been made
available through grants and low-in-
terest loans for conservation pro-
grams and alternative water sourc-
es, including desalination to make
salt water drinkable. Farmers want-
Ing to install efficient irrigation sys-
tems also would have been eligible.
"I'm going to make a campaign
with this issue; I plan on traveling
the state all summer," said Safley,
who plans to refile his bill this
month so it will be heard during the
Legislature's summer committee
hearings.
Safley's legislation was loosely
based on a state-sanctioned study by
Chase Securities Corp. of New York
that was released in early March.
Chase predicted a state water tax
could raise more than $100 million
a year if municipalities and indus-
try paid a fee of 10 cents per 1,000
gallons and farmers paid 2 cents
per 1,000 gallons.
Gov. Bob Martinez called for the
Chase study in 1990 after his Water
Resource Commission recom-
Smended the water tax.


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