Title: For Water Management
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Title: For Water Management
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: St Petersburg Times
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: For Water Management, Feb 27, 1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 55
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Volume ID: VID00001
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For water management
STo extend the concept of effective could increase authorized t
water management throughout the nonsense. The amendment
state, and ultimately to protect Florida's section of the Constitution v
fresh water resources, voters should city and county taxes are l
approve a constitutional amendment on mills a provision saying tha
the ballot March 9. not be levied "for water i
SThe amendment is direct and simple., purposes" in excess of 1 mil
It merely corrects a mistake made by the For taxpayers in the two
S1972 Legislature. But because water and tricts the amendment also ci
how to manage it are complex problems, inequity. The three new wa
S the amendment has given rise to much are financed by state appro
misinformation and confusion. 400,000 each. That means 1
BEFORE 1972, Florida had two er in South Florida are payi
water 'management districts. The es for water management inl
Southwest Florida Water Management while part of their state tax
District covered 15 counties in the for water management in N(
central region, including Pinellas. The
Central and Southern District regulated SOME supporters of 1
water in South Florida. When both had ment in rural-areas are co
been created by the Legislature, in 1949 issue with fear tactics. The;
and 1961, they were given authority to that the amendment will stoj
S levy taxes. of water management by Ta
SIn 1968, Florida adopted a new Some Pinellas legislators
Constitution. It continued the taxing commissioners have reacted
'authority of existing special tax appeal, instead of to the
districts, such as the two water many people in Pinellas are
management districts, but required with the district's strict regu
voter approval for any future taxing ter for people and inattenti
districts. pumping by the phosphate
Si, In 1972, the Legislature passed the favor a state water manager
important Water Resources Act, for the ty. They feel unrepresent
first time establishing statewide water discriminated against by 1
planning and management. It formed board.
five water management districts, the two These are valid complain
existing ones and three new districts in cannot be corrected by de
North Florida. Then the Legislature amendment.
made a mistake. Following the sound The present Legislature
idea that the water districts should ate a statewide water auth
follow hydrologic divisions rather than amendment fails. Instead, it
Political boundaries, the Legislature return to the old boundaries
changed the boundaries'of the existing ent districts and allow them
Water districts to conform better with their present taxing author
hydrologic formations. In a lawsuit in era in South Florida will kee
1975, a Circuit Court said such boundary for water management in No
Changes were unconstitutional without a THE BETTER course 1
referendumin the areas shifted. the voters to adopt the a
THE AMENDMENT to be voted Then the 1972 Water Resou
on March. 9 is the Legislature's way of be implemented fully. Board
correcting that mistake. It allows four bf districts will be able to lev
the water districts to levy up to 1 mill. their own costs. Compreh<
The fifth district in the Panhandle can and water planning can mo
tax up to 0.05 mill. The 1976 Legislature can tui
SFor taxpayers in Pinellas and other tion to solving other problem
counties in the Southwest district, the fair representation for urbar
amendment will lower the authorized the district boards and stri
millage from the present 1.3 mills to 1 ance between the people's
mill. and those of the phosphate
(The most groundless objection to citrus growers.
the amendment came from John T. For these reasons, The Ti
Allen Jr., an attorney for the Pinellas ly recommends that its read
County Commission. He makes the the constitutional amendmi
ridiculous claim that the amendment for water management on M

RUARY 27, 1976




"The policy of our paper is very simple merely to tell the truth."
,- Paul Poynter, publisher, 1912-1950

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