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THE REFERENDUMS FOR RECREATION DISTRICT

The Istachatta-Nobleton Recreation Board has been in the news more in 1990 than any other time during its 14-year existence. But members are learning the price of fame. Proposition 5 on the ballot will give the 919 voters in Precinct 1 the chance to abolish the board, which has jurisdiction over the Istachatta Community Center.

The recreation district was created by voters in 1976. It has the authority to levy a tax of up to 25 cents per $1,000 of assessed, taxable property value. The district has an annual budget of about $5,000.

Supporters of the board say the drive to abolish it resulted from the board's opposition to a proposal by the Florida Kiwanis Foundation. That plan calls for building an $8-million to $10-million youth camp and conference center on park land.

Opponents say the board members bicker among themselves and with the rest of the community and that nothing is accomplished.

The board was instrumental in the construction of a ball field on Lake Lindsey Road and once had authority over the county's 375-acre park in Istachatta. But county commissioners regained control of the park earlier this year during the controversy over the Kiwanis proposal.

_ KEN ZAPINSKI

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