Erratic budgeting?

Governor Scott didn’t mention in his political campaign that he wanted to reduce the property taxes levied by the water management districts but his budget proposal released last week recommends that all five of them reduce their tax level by 25% for two years.  No particular reason is given for a sudden reduction in their revenues, other than calling it a “holiday” for property taxes, and that it is always good to reduce taxes because that always improves economic prospects.   This principle disregards that important water supply, water quality, and environmental restoration projects would be disrupted, or even harmed, if planned revenues suddenly vanish.  You can’t restore the Everglades, or Lake Hancock, or the Upper St. Johns River, effectively or efficiently with wild budget swings.  Perhaps even more importantly, the taxes that the water management districts have anticipated are for worthwhile projects, developed in many public forums, reviewed by Legislative committees, approved by the previous governor, and adopted by a governing board appointed by the state’s governor (and confirmed by the Florida Senate).  Can one new elected governor have a better understanding of water management priorities than the hundreds (or thousands) of citizens, elected officials, and district staff who worked on district budgets over the last year?

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