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||County Opposed Taxing Power for Water Board
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||County Opposed Taxing Power for Water Board, Feb 26, 1976
||Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 59
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Power For Water Board
S.,' : ,. By MARY ANNE CORPIN Attorney Clint Brown, special counselor on wI
Triboae Staff Writer, matters, told the Hilsborough commission he did
Hillsborough County commissioners went on record yester-
day unanimously opposing a constitutional amendment giving
water districts the power to levy property taxes, after being
S warned it probably would mean an increase in local taxes.
The amendment will be on the Presidential Preference
SPrimary ballot March 9.
-'PINELLAS COUNTY commissioners also expressed con-
cern about the amendment and are having a resolution to op-
pose it drawn up. They will vote on the resolution next Tues-
F i"- ; i day. ,
"* : : 1 I' .
they could support the amendment.
Brown said that many lawyers believe the amendment.,
would authorize both the Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District and the watershed basins each to tax property
at the rate of.one mill. or $1 for every $1.000 of property
"The authority o do it would be there in the amendment."
THE ATTORNEY said the description of the amendment
as it will appear on the ballot "'s very misleading. It's not
See BOARD OPPOSES, Page 2
iB Water Authority
I* From Page I in the 1976 session of the tate legisla-
whatthi amendment says." ture, and also about theSouthwest Flori-
"What Jhe voters will see when they da Water Management District. Each
enter ie voting booth March 9 is a pro- county has one member on the 15-county
S posaf t imend the state constitution, by water district board.
"authqrizing and limiting local taxes for But the Hillsborough commissioners
water management purposes to not more had second thoughts yesterday about the
th an diteil." meeting, after learning that the Pinellas
S :B w'said that Hillsborough taxpay- commissioners were critical Tuesday of
ers' wild be required to support the Hillsborough County's stand on water
water management district. But plans wellfields affecting both counties.
Scall fd'Sarasota and Manatee counties
to-beinecluded in the district, although HILLSBOROUGH WON its fight
tatesifor the district couldn't he collect- to prohibit Pinellas from pumping water
ed 'iir? Srasota and Manatee unless from phase two of the East Lake well-
voters..jn the two counties specifically field. The Southwest Florida Water Man-
wreeteauthorie It. agement District told Pinellas that while
*'Uilfiborough tax funds would be the district's permission for pumping
s .pei.other counties which were not from Cypress Creek still is ,in effect,
t *.Brown said. "We already con- Pinellas can't draw from phase two of
trb aout 900,000 to the district.". East Lake. The decision was made al-
though a court injunction has halted the
HE.SAID A "whole host of agencies Cypress Creek pumping until a regional
with water management capacity" could impact statement is made.
sptink up, and levy taxes without the ap- Hillsborough contends that; pumping
proval of the voters, if the amendment from phase two would severely lower the
passes. 4.,'. water levels in lakes in northwest Hills-
;Piese6(ly there is a countywide tax of borough County, and cause the water
.15 of a mill (15 cents on every $1.000 of table to drop.
property value) for the Southwest Flori- The district also reduced the amount
da Watet Management District. And Pinellas can withdraw from East Lake
three.. atershed basins collect either 65 phase one wellfield, which also affects
cents or 69 cents per $1.000. in specific Hillsborough water levels.
areas of the county. "We have traded our traditional
:Hillsbqtough commissioners a r e role." Brown said with humor. "In the
S sceduled'to meet with the Pinellas corn- past we have been the 'zappees.' This
mission today. to talk about their com- time we were the tappors a44 thy (Pin-
Smon concern on bills which will come up ellas) were the zappees." ,,,