Title: Water Problems Need Action- And Floridians Get the Call
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Title: Water Problems Need Action- And Floridians Get the Call
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Language: English
Publisher: Miami Herold
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Water Problems Need Action- And Floridians Get the Call, Feb 20, 1976
General Note: Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 66
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'%j 5f1r JOHN S. KNIGHT, Editorial Chairmon JAMES L; KNIGHT, Chairman .c '
.GEORGE BEEBE, MAsociote Publisher LARRY JINKS, Executive Editor JOHN D. PENNEKAMP, Associate Editor -
"RON MARTIN, Managing Editor C :

6-A Friday, February 20, 1976


Water Problems Need Action

And Floridians Get the Call

-AN AMENDMENT to the Florida
Constitution which authorizes the levy-
Sing of property taxes for water manage-
ment will appear on the March 9 ballot.
It limits the levy to one mill everywhere .Y E
except in the Panhandle, where no more
than 1-20 of a mill could be imposed. _
This is not the best possible propos- The constitutional amendment
al that the Legislature could have come which will be voted on statewide does
up with, but it is good enough, we be- ot specify ho would levy the proper-
lieve, to warrant the voters' approval. It v tax for ater m agement or how
could signal the beginning of a compre- the money would be spent. The pre-
hensive, statewide attack on Florida's o w ld
S sumption is that the funding would go
'multiplying water problems and it
Sto carry out the very good intentions of
would clear up some obstacles to effi- .the 1972 water management act, which
client reorganization of water manage- divides the state into districts based on
ment districts, natural watersheds. Delaying this divi-
In voting yes the people of South sion which would require a realign-
Florida and much of the rest of the ment of present water districts are
state have nothing to lose because they some funding problems which the
already are being taxed for water man- amendment would solve.
agement. In fact they would have a bit The state's conservation groups,
to gain if the amendment passes, be- which usually support Gov. Askew on
cause it would enable the untaxed parts his environmental proposals, are
of the state to raise their own funds for uneasy about the lack of specifics in the
water management instead of relying amendment. Some also question the
for support on the general fund, to equity of a lower tax ceiling for the
which all areas contribute. Panhandle, which was necessary to get
In Dade County, voters will find a the proposed amendment through the
second water funding proposal before Legislature.
them. It would allow the county to pur- But the amendment is being backed
sue the most economical means of by people of good faith and integrity
raising up to $97.5 million for a new who point out that a yes vote.is nededd
well field and transmission line. This to commit the state to a much-needed
would be achieved by backing the debt task. What authority now exists for
with a pledge to tax property, though it raising funds for water management
is not expected that the tax ever would would be vulnerable to court attack if
have to be levied. The bonds would be the amendment is defeated. A no vote,
paid off with revenue from water cus- argues the Governor's committee,
tomers, who will be facing increased would not preserve the status quo but
rates whether the proposition fails or would piot Florida in a backward direc-
passes, tion on water.
We recommend a YES vote on the We recommend a YES vote on the
proposal. amendment.

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