October 16, 2013
This morning Libertarians celebrated the shuttering of the Lee County Soil & Water Conservation Board thanks to the efforts of elected libertarians who controlled the local government agency. The agency made headlines a few years ago when it abolished a main component of the agency, the mobile irrigation labs, then returned $100,000 of taxpayer money to property owners. The Libertarian Party of Lee County‘s Executive Committee met this morning in Fort Myers.
Formed in the 1947, without authority to tax or regulate, the local agency promoted voluntary cost-effective actions to conserve the soil and water resources within Lee County, Florida. Beginning in 2007, a majority of the new Board voted to move the District in a different direction. They cut the budget to near zero and began reducing the money on hand, by distributing $10 checks to property owners who had direct opportunity and incentive to conserve their own soil and water.
On September 27, 2013, Florida’s Department of Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam, sent a letter to Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, informing him of the Board’s decision. Jack Tanner, secretary and treasurer for the local agency stated on October 3, 2013, “We urge all government legislators and managers to remove regulations that result in negative consequences, and follow our example to discontinue current expenses that are not cost effective, or that compete with free-market providers.” Tanner is a former treasurer for the Libertarian Party of Florida .
The rest of the article is here .
Here’s another article that tells the story, but doesn’t give as much credit to the Libertarian Party:
From Wink News October 11
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- An agency in local government has abolished itself, because its directors realized: it had nothing to do. So, the Lee Soil and Water Conservation District has gone out of existence after more than 60 years.
The district was formed in the 1940s, after President Franklin Roosevelt urged counties to create these districts to teach farmers good conservation techniques. That was a response to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, in which poor land and water management contributed to loss of farmable land in the Midwest during a severe drought.
The Florida agriculture commissioner signed a document recently, to dissolve the Lee County district.
The article can be found here .