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FOR LOVE OF WATER
SEN. PHILIP 0. LEWIS, CIIM.
P. O. BOX 9726
RIVIERA BEACH. FLORIDA 33404
1305) 832 3876
FOR the Amendmenlt:
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ATTORNEY (I'.NFR iL
HUSE RTL. StIEV'IN
S(O LIISSIO'NER Of AGHICUL iL
SEN. PHILIP D, LEWIS
SEN. D ROBERT GRAILaH
STN LEI BRANrLEY
REP. A. H. CRAIG
REP. W. E. FULFORD '
REP. TOM LEWIS:
; TRUDY BERNHAR
RaBER rL. CLARK,JR.;
OR. JOffy4 M. DeGROVE
ROBE RTM. RHODES, Esq.
G EORGE RUPPELL
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SFebruary 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
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.
SThe Water Resources Act broadened and strengthened the regulatory 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 tan on property ($1 per $1,000 assessed valuation) except in Florida's
: a.nhandle where the maximum levy would be one-twentieth of a mill ($. 05 per
:$1,000 assessed valuation).
P passage of the amendment would actually mean a reduction in the maximum
taxing level for the 15-county Southwest Florida Water Management District
S which is currently authorized by law to tax up to 1.3 mills. A one-mill ceiling
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WATER MANAGEMENT CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT:
GOVERNOR REUBIN O'D. ASKEW
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR J. H. "JIM" WILLIAMS
ATTORNEY GENERAL ROBERT L. SHEVIN
COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE DOYLE CONNER
SENATOR PHILIP D. "PHIL" LEWIS
SENATOR D. ROBERT "BOB" GRAHAM
SENATOR LEW BRANTLEY
SENATOR GUY SPICOLA
REPRESENTATIVE A. H. "GUS" CRAIG
REPRESENTATIVE W. E. "BILL" FULFORD
REPRESENTATIVE TOM LEWIS
JOHN ANDERSON, PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER
TRUDY BERNHARD, VICE CHM. LOXAHATCHEE ENVIRONMENTAL
GEORGE BROWN, CHM. ST. JOHNS RIVER WATER MANAGE-
ROBERT L. CLARK, JR., CHM. CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN
FLORIDA FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT
DR. JOHN M. DE GROVE, DIR. JOINT CENTER FOR ENVIR-
ONMENTAL AND URBAN PROBLEMS
EDWARD MEDARD, FORMER CHM, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER
DERRILL MC ATEER, CHM. SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER
TOM RANKIN, PRESIDENT LYKES-PASCO, INC.
GEORGE RUPPELL, BANKER-ST. PETERSBURG & FORMER MEMBER
DEPARTMENT OF POLLUTION CONTROL BOARD
ALICE WAINWRIGHT, TROPICAL AUDUBON & MEMBER OF