Ask the Governor
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00082134/00016
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: April 23, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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For release Monday, April 23, 1962 :/

It's time to "Ask the Governor" when Governor Farri \ /

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments from Florida


QUESTION: Governor, when you recently addressed the

State Association of County Commissioners you called for new thinking

on the mechanics of local government. What did you have in mind?

GOVERNOR: Well in particular, county government was

designed to handle those rural areas outside of municipal government.

But the areas outside of municipal government are in most instances

no longer rural, yet the government designed to handle them has not

changed basically. I would like to see our county officials turn

their minds to any of a number of expedients that could be developed

for the upgrading of their powers, or the modification of their

powers, so as to make them adaptable to the more metropolitan day in

which we live. Of course, I also talked to them about utilizing the

road funds that they have accredited them on a broader scale than at

present. For instance, there is on deposit with the State Treasurer

through the Road Department $23 millions of dollars of unused

secondary county funds. Now counties never these funds belong to

a number of counties, maybe as many as thirty -- but they never call

on these funds at the same time, so that there is always a backlog

of say $20 million there. I was suggesting to them that they ought

to get together and form an investment council among themselves or

use some other media so that they could always keep on deposit

enough money to meet any demands that they have -- five or ten million

dollars -- but utilize the rest of that money to build in the counties

that are the most pressed for roads today, the roads that they need

with these funds.

QUESTION: Local government, county and municipal, is

talking a great deal about the need for finances to operate, not

only in roads but other areas, do you think that this is a valid

cry for help at this time?


GOVERNOR: Yes, I do. I am always hesitant to approach

this problem because it is so easy for local officials to say why

doesn't the state give us more money to solve our problems. That

way we can spend this money and solve the problems and the state will

have to raise it. Well this is a very convenient arrangement and

therefore is one to be looked at with considerable skepticism. But

it is true that the areas of taxation available to cities are some-

what limited and I have, therefore, suggested that the tax resources

of the state might be utilized to assist the local governments in

meeting their problems.

QUESTION: Does this then mean that your commitment to

look with disfavor on new taxes does not apply to those which would

be for local purposes?

GOVERNOR: It does. I have a number of times said that

I would consider the utilization of the tax machinery of the state

for local purposes. My position has been that we ought to be able

to operate the state government within the existing revenue sources -

and this we are doing. But I also recognize that school government,

and municipal governments, and county governments, that they face

ever changing problems and I would not want to close my mind any

more than I would want to commit relative to new taxes for local


QUESTION: When you say you would not be ready to commit,

does that mean that you have not formed an opinion on the call for

a cigarette tax increase for local purposes as some local organi-

zations have.....

GOVERNOR: That is correct. I think we have got to

evaluate this as we come a little bit closer to the session, as to

first of all, their needs; second, the other needs of the state;

and third, the other opportunities that we have that local govern-

ments have for meeting these needs. They have not yet exhausted

all the opportunities for deriving from their local powers the funds

that they need.


Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general interest

that you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program, jot

it down on a post card and send it to "Ask the Governor,", the

Governor's Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which

has made available this time in the public interest. Be with us

next week when again we "Ask the Governor."