8B ST. PETERSBURG TIMES A SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 1989
H x "It would have a tremendous
Ig hlr impact on our members," said Jim-
i tax Brainerd, chief lobbyist for the
Florida Chamber of Commerce.
ro l s dThe The prpsal was sparked by
proposed complaints from environmentalist
that the state is losing precious
Sr l undeveloped land because its ac-
for land quisition program is under-funded.
For example, the Conservation
p purchasess and Recreation Land (CARL) pro-
gram will have $56.4-million to
S Spend next year, but the 60 prop
Associatedp ss erties on its state-approved pur-
TALLAHASSEE Florida chase ist havean appraised value
businesses would pay another of $305-million.
businesses would pay another A blue-ribbon environmental
$376-million a year in taxes for 10 commission appointed by ov. Bob
years to finance the state's pur- Martinez and headed by prominent
chase of environmentally sensitive environmentalist Nathaniel Reed
land under a proposal being con- s expected to recommend in e
sidered by legislators. is expected to recommend in Feb-
sidered by legislators. ruary that the state find a way to
Voters would get their say onacquisitions.
the issue of raising the corporate ay for more lan discussed by
income tax from 5.5 percent to 7.5The plan being discussed by
come tax from 5.5 percent to 7.5 Hafner's committee would ask vot-
perce"This is one ofthe ost critic ers to increase the corporate tax to
issues facing Florida," said State 7.5 percent between 1991 and
Rep. Lars Hafner, D-St.:Peters-i: 2000. The $376-million a year
Rep. Lars Hafner, D-St Peters i-aised by the increase would be
burg, chairman of-the panel consid- raised by the increases ous
ering the proposal. "If we use this plit among thestates various
funding mechanism, we need to do land-buying programs. the CARL
it by referendum to get the people Most would go to tS e Ou R
behind it." program and the Save Our Rivers
Right now, it's just aniea project administered by the state's
beRight now its oust a five water management districts.
being floated by legislators on a
House environmental: panel. But Estus Whitfield, top environ-
businesses already are worried mental aide to the governor, said
.that they might have to shoulder the state first should find out
the cost of saying Florida's rapidly whether existing sources of land-
:disappearing natural lands, which buying money might grow enough
are threatened by development, over the next few years to take
care of the state's needs.
The existing sources include
the real estate transfer tax and a
tax on the phosphate industry. If
they won't provide enough, Whit-.
field said he tends to favor an.
increase in the real estate tax over
a raise in the corporate tax.