Title: Responsibilities and budgets of local water boards cut
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Title: Responsibilities and budgets of local water boards cut
Alternate Title: Flinchbaugh, Patrice. "Responsibilities and budgets of local water boards cut." Tampa Tribune
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Creator: Flinchbaugh, Patrice ( Author )
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General Note: Box 4, Folder 2 ( SF BASIN BOARD CONCEPT ), Item 108
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Responsibilities and budgets

of local water boards cut

Despite objections, the Southwest Florida management district had moved one
step closer to ultimately abolishing
Water Management District decided to change the basin boards and establishing an
unaccountable bureaucracy.
the boards, "We definitely don't want a state
water board," she said in an inter-
By PATRICE FLINCHBAUGH presentation. They wanted to ensure view.
Tribune Staff Writer that tax money collected locally To the governing board, Martin
would be spent locally, not on water decried the "fast timing, lack of no-
Local water boards won't be projects outside their areas in which twice to the basin board members"
abolished outright, but their budgets they had no say. and appearance of "trying to slip
will be rearranged and clipped "We'll have a board in Brooks- one over on the legislators."
drastically, according to the 6-to-3 ville telling us in DeSoto County State Sen. Pat Frank, who urged
decision Wednesday by the govern- what to do with our water .... a gov- the governing board to delay any ac-
ing board of the Southwest Florida eminent without representation," tion for one year, told its members
'Water Management District. said Peace River Basin Board mem- they had "misinterpreted what the
Despite heated objections from ber James Lloyd Ryals of Fort legislature intended" in a "house-
eight Florida legislators, protests Ogden. keeping" bill passed last session to
from six county commissions, the In a resolution passed 5-to-0 clean up some inconsistencies in
city of Punta Gorda, cattle ranchers, Wednesday morning, the Hillsbor- how water management districts
citrus and vegetable growers, the ough County Commission said the and basin boards operate. She won-
water management board voted to water district's proposal smacked of dered aloud if the real reason for
keep the local basin board frame- insufficient representation. fiddling with basin boards wasn't
work, but strip it of taxing responsi- County commissions in Charlotte, somehow related to wetlands regula-
bility for projects "of general benefit DeSoto, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota tion.
to the people of the state and dis- also passed individual resolutions "Now is not the time to diminish
trict" objecting to any tampering with the the presence or power of the basin
In the example of Hillsborough basin boards. boards," said Frank. "You, will need
County's Alafia Basin Board, that Staff of the water management them when making the difficult
group's proposed $1.34 million district and some governing board decisions about wetlands that face
budget for fiscal year 1985 will be members called the consolidation you." Frank was talking about the
pared to $288,893, according to esti- move a necessary one to prepare for districts new responsibility of over-
mates presented by staff of the gov- a future fraught with regional water- seeing protection of wetlands on
earning board. As with other basin related problems wetlands regu- agricultural lands.
boards, the smaller purse would lation, competition for supplies, In an interview, she said she un-
fund those projects "having particu- stormwater control. derstood' last session's bill to only
lar benefits to limited segments of "This has been coming on for streamline some language. "If the
the population." some time," said governing board Governor appoints these (board)
SBroader activities, such as water- Chairman Bruce Samson of Tampa members and he wants to gain con-
S level watching and ground water in an interview. He said as the state trol of wetlands without any input,
Monitoring, flood analysis, data col- delegates more broad-based duties then this may be a possibility (for
, election, issuing permits and enforce- such as wetlands protection, the dis- the right to abolish)," she said.
ment, would be removed from the trict needs more money to pay for The water district's general
basin boards' purview along with those projects. counsel, Steve Walker, said in an in-
\ the associated funding. "Other basin boards act like ad- terview he worked with other attor-
SWater management districts are visory boards to their water manage- neys in February to draft an "omni-
empowered to spend as much as one ment districts and they don't seem to bus bill" to correct different prob-
Smill of ad valorem taxes. The pre- mind," he said. lems that water boards were having
cise millage and final 1985 budget But citizens in this region of the all over the state. Walker said that
for the southwest district will be dis- state do seem to mind. legislation underwent two major
cussed at a public hearing Sept. 5. Keystone Civic Association mem- changes in committee, and what
Before it was passed, several her Linda Martin, whose husband emerged was the ability to abolish
county governments and citizens Charles Martin serves on the North- the southwest district's basin boards
called Wednesday's proposed action west Hillsborough Basin Board, said a provision for which he does not
tantamount to taxation without rep- her neighborhood feared the water claim direct credit:

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