Gov. Scott axes water management district funding

06/22/11 Kate Bradshaw
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Governor Rick Scott has signed a bill intended to cut taxes paid to the state's water management districts. He hailed the measure as one that holds the districts accountable and cuts taxes in hopes of fueling job growth. In the process, though, job losses among those working for the five water districts are inevitable. Scott said "most people believe government is larger than it should be" and that job creation will happen in the private sector. The law will cut an estimated $210 million in taxes across the state. Kirk Fordham is CEO of the Everglades Foundation. He said while limiting government waste is good, hurting local governments’ ability to deal with a troubled water supply will kill jobs in the end. Fordham said the severity of the drought in Central and South Florida can be blamed on the way humans have altered the wetlands, and that the state needs to dedicate resources to restoring vast water sources like the Everglades. That was Kirk Fordham, CEO of the Everglades Foundation. We spoke before Governor Scott signed the bill cutting tax dollars from water management districts. Fordham wrote later today in a statement that “it’s a bit of an insult to the people of South Florida for the Governor to fly down on his private plane to offer the average homeowner a tax cut that amounts to less than 50 cents a week, just as our region is experiencing a water supply shortage of such great magnitude.”

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