Funding for Springs Bill Dries Up in Senate
The Florida Senate gutted the funding provisions of the ambitious springs protection bill late Tuesday, and that means the state government might not be able to pay to upgrade septic tanks of those living near springs.
The sponsors of the bill, including Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness), stripped out a part of the plan that would have shifted existing revenue from a tax on real estate transactions, estimated at about $378 million, toward the bill's protection initiatives.
That includes the section of the bill we reported on yesterday that would allow those living near springs to receive government-subsidized replacements for old septic tanks.
All hope for funding to the springs bill is not lost, say the sponsors, since it could be provided through former governor Bob Graham's conservation constitutional amendment on this November's ballot.
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