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.