Title: Askew Urges Revamping of Water Board
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Title: Askew Urges Revamping of Water Board
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Language: English
Publisher: St Petersburg Times
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Askew Urges Revamping of Water Board, 1/21/1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 1 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1975 - 1975 ), Item 26
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UAN 21 1976

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Askew urges

revamping of

water board

Sr.M Purrnhan Timis" e W
lorida Gov. Reubin Askew
aid Thurday that the Southwest
Florida Water Management Dis-
board should be retrctured
to give Pinllas and Hillsborough
countiesmore representation.
He declined however to endorse
a "on-man, one-vote"reorganiza-
tion for the water management
district board (commonly known
as Swiftmud), saying it "would
simply allow one area not to face
up to it problems and suck other
ares dry."
ASKW WAS IN St Peters-
burg to seek support for a consti-
tutional amendment on the
Marh 9 ballot thatwould provide
for tes statewide to support wa-
ter management. Currently only
the Swiftaud and Central and
South Florida areas have the pow-
.er totax.
In fact, e emphasized that for
voter in the 15-county Swiftmud
area that includes Piell, Pasco
and Hillaborough counties, the
amendment would decrease the
total tax allowed for water man-
The amendment is necessary
for a "continued funding base" to
support statewide water planning

before other areas have the water
problems that Pinellas has had,
he aid "Thesetwo aras-Pinel-
las and Hillsborough know
what it means to turn on the spig-
6t and not get vey much out," the
governor said.
SWIFTMUD IS important to
coastal Florida residents because
it decides who can take how much
water from the ground and for
what purposes. For residents of
Pinellas, which has little available
water suitable for drinking within
the county, the decisions of the
Swiftmud board are particularly
The governor conceded that
"it's hard for me to reconcile" that
Pinellas and Hillaborough each
have only one vote on the Swift-
mud board although the two coun-
ties have about 63 per cent of the
population and 55 per cent of the
tax base in the Swiftmud area. He
said he will ask the Legislature to
study the problem.
But "it's a question that goes
beyond (the number of) people,
there is the question of the re-
source," he said. Not only must
the areas where the taxpayers live
be considered, but also the impact
of the area where the water is
being taken.
See ASKEW. 2-8

SL PreMh b The FRASu ALE

'For the people of this
area, it appears to me
they've got all to gain
and nothing to lose.'

Askew seeking support
for statewide water-
management taxing.

mal designation in November, Barron
replied, "I would still have the options
' QV always had."

Srule out -plans
a as Senate preai-
eesident has ever

Barron's decision to run again re-
portedly has already caused two
would-be candidates, Reps. William J.
Rish D-Port St. Joe, and Wayne Mix-
son, D-Marianna, to drop theis
planned bids for his seat.

d to, lould If Baronbshould be rl -
id term a Senate ,......




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