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20 former WMD board members urge governor to restore funding

By Bruce Ritchie

Twenty former board members of Florida's five water management districts have written to Gov. Rick Scott this week asking him restore funding for the regional agencies.

The Legislature earlier this year passed SB 1986, repealing a 2011 bill that required the districts to cut property taxes by $210 million.

Despite the repeal, the districts have proposed keeping the same or slightly lower tax rates under reported pressure from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

In their letter sent Monday, the 20 former board members recount the establishment of the districts by voters in the 1970s.