Title: Arizona Farmers Push Severance Tax on Water
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/WL00002380/00001
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Title: Arizona Farmers Push Severance Tax on Water
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: US Water News
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Arizona Farmers Push Severance Tax on Water, Feb 1987
General Note: Box 10, Folder 17 ( SF Water User Fees - 1987 and 1991 ), Item 7
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002380
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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Ariz. farmers

push severance

tax on water

PHOENIX, Ariz. A severance
tax on water pumped from farmland
for non-agricultural use is being pro-
moted during the current legislature
by the Arizona Farm Bureau. The
water severance tax proposal, stated
in a resolution passed by the state
farmer organization last fall, is a
reaction to ongoing efforts by Ar-
izona cities to buy farmland and con-
vert existing water rights to
municipal use.
Arizona Farm Bureau members
passed a resolution saying cities
should be required to pay in-lieu
Property taxes on the land and sever-
ance taxes on water pumped for mu-
nicipal use. Although cities
generally go along with the idea of
paying in-lieu taxes on the land,
they are opposed to paying a sever-
ance tax on water. "That's a little
hard to swallow," was one reaction
by a Mesa, Ariz., water official.
Mesa, which last year purchased
12,000 acres of Pinal County
farmland for about $30 million, is
one of several fast-growing Arizona
cities having an active land acquisi-
tion program for water rights. More
recently, the city of Tucson, Ariz.,
purchased over 1500 acres of Avra
s County farmland for nearly $1.8 mil-
lion, bringing the city's total
farmland purchases over the past 15
years to nearly 21,000 acres costing
about $22.7 million (see U.S. Water
News of January 1987, Page 8).
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