Cow Slough Water Control District (CSWCD)
Special Districts exist because of specific needs in a community and are focused on delivering the services that address these community needs. Special Districts deliver these services more efficiently and economically than any other form of government, local, state or federal. With no other government unit focused on the services delivered through Special Districts, taxpayers can rest assured that the potential for duplicative services is eliminated. More importantly, only residents who directly benefit from the services provided by Special Districts pay for the services or infrastructure.
Special Districts have always demonstrated strong levels of accountability to protect taxpayer dollars and remain steadfast in their mission to address specific landowner needs. The District’s primary functions are operational and maintenance programs.
Operational responsibilities can include, but are not limited to, installation of or removal of boards from culverts which control the levels of water in the canals, removal of obstructions found in the culverts, and maintaining the proper water levels within the District.
Maintenance functions of the district consists of providing drainage and/or irrigation, the perpetual maintenance of the roadways within the District, maintaining an aquatic weed control program utilizing EPA approved herbicides, installation and maintenance of all water control structures, mowing of accessible banks and berms of the District’s canals, and operating a water quality monitoring program.
With regards to oversight and accountability, Florida law treats Special Districts just like cities and counties, requiring great levels of transparency. Special Districts are governed by a myriad of laws intended to provide oversight and accountability, such as Florida’s Sunshine Laws, public records laws, and standards of ethics for elected officials.
Your District is governed by a three member board elected by the landowners within your district who are not compensated for their public service.
The District is supported by a non-ad-valorem assessment that is assessed by the acre, and collected by the tax collector.
The District is audited on an annual basis by an independent auditing firm. Audits are available for review under the Finance Link.