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Senate passes revamped bill that would increase oversight of water management districts

Florida's five Water Management Districts. Photo Credit: Florida Department of Environmental Protection

A bill that would require water management districts to receive budget approval from the Legislature was substantially revised Thursday and passed by the Senate.

Florida's five water management districts were established by voters in the Florida Constitution in 1975. However, they have faced criticism over the years from some legislators and landowners because the districts collect property taxes, although district board members are not elected but appointed by the governor.

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