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“Growth” requires public facilities and services, but in Florida “Growth Should Pay for Itself”! Counties and cities resist using taxes to provide for new residents, shifting the burden to more than 1600 “special districts”. Districts build facilities using borrowed money, repaying debt from annual “assessments” only upon the “benefited” property owners within their boundaries. Until recently, the spigots of exuberant capitalism gushed freely,
but the fiscal world has changed. Florida will continue to grow -- but what are the “New Rules” for America’s post-“Meltdown” financial system? Will special districts find the resources to address
the needs of Future Florida?