Title: Voter Approval Asked Water Dangers Noted
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Title: Voter Approval Asked Water Dangers Noted
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Language: English
Publisher: Daily Herold News
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Voter Approval Asked Water Dangers Noted, Feb 18, 1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 58
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002106
Volume ID: VID00001
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Ford Cites Differences

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AMENDMENT DISCUSSED Southwest Florida after Management
District official E.D. "Sonny" Vergara (right) explains one of the complicated
issues Involved in the upcoming voter referendum on water district taxing
powers. Speaking on behalf of the amendment's adoption, Vergara explains
the questi a's implicationl to Chamber of Commerce President Ray Stephens
(lett) and Sheriff Jack Bent. The Chamber awarded Sheriff Bent the "good
guy" award for his valuable service on behalf of:the community. (Photo by
Voter Approval Asked

Water Dangers Noted
By DICK CHAPMAN LOCALCONTROL system would result if lo
The future of the state Vergara explained that the solutions to local problems h
depends on maintaining water proposed constitutional to be addressed on a state le
quality, and that quality risks amendment guarantees the and not on a regional one
serious jeopardy unless the continuance of local control of they are now.
comttutional amendment on water management programs Opposition to the complicate
water management districts' by allowing an indepe t question, was suggested
axingabilityisacceptedbythe levying up to 1 mil of ad obert "Bucky" McQue
voters during a referendum on valorem (property) taxes in McQueen said one drawback
March 9, the Chamber of each of the five water the andmendment's adoption
Commerce learned this mor- management districts into that it could allow t
ning. which the state is currently legislature to do away with I
E.D. "Sonny" Vergara, divided, basin board concept present
Director of the Department of He noted that presently the operating only in SWFWM
Interagency Coordination of southwest water management McQueen said unless t
the Southwest Florida Water district is permitted to levy up basin board arrangement
Management District (SWF- to a .3 mill property tax, so maintained. Charlotte Conu
WMD) told Chamber members that passage of this amend- taxpayers might have to p
that failure of the voters to meant would reduce the taxes to solve the wa
aprve the ammendment could potential amount of taxes problems in Tampa and
detrimentally affect water which residents might some Petersburg instead of pay
m agerent programs in day have to pay. for completely local program
Forid by allowing anti-water Vergara contended that the He said this would have
Management groups to force ad valorem taxation method is effectof doubling the amount
SWFWMD into becoming a the most equitable form of water management ta
state agency instead of a funding water management Charlotte Countians
regional one with an in- programs because it places the presently paying if SWFWM
dependent funding source. burden of paying for local resent $12.2 million bud
"f the refreend m fails you programs on the beneficiaries level is maintained.
won't have a local basin board of those programs. He "We just don't know what
tooto" said Vergara."You'll suggetedsome orm of flt fee (CenUned P. 2

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bhae to go to a state
bureaucracy and begin comn-
Speting fr funds from the
..enera revefIle"

Speakers Cite

Water Woes
( From P. 1) November. Although this group
legislature will do because vigorously supports water
we're the only district with the management programs, Its
basin board concept," said spokesmen assert that water
McQueen. "The basin board management districts are
concept is very fine, and we "proceeding blindly" regar-
don't know if the legislature ding the issue.
will change this." A public meeting to discuss
the complicated referendum
Other groups such as the question which will include
National Audubon Society have speakers on both sides of the
opposed passage of the issue is being sponsored by the
amendment on the grounds i is Soil and Wrter Conservation
indefinite and poorly written. Service. 'Ihi meeting will be
Thev ioii ns the amendment held on Thursday Feb. 26 at a
be rewritten and submitted to p.m. m the County Commission
voters at the general election in room of the Courthouse.

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