In Case You Missed It: Georgians Overwhelmingly Pass Amendment 1



“Amendment 1: Land conservation. This would set aside 90 percent of existing sales taxes on sporting goods for conservation efforts. The forecasts are that this could raise $200 million over 10 years. The designation of this money for conservation, which was championed by the Nature Conservancy and others, would end after 10 years. The vote: Approved overwhelmingly.”

The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11/7/18

“Amendment One, which asks if some of the sales taxes Georgians already pay on outdoor goods, like fishing poles or binoculars, should be set aside for buying more public land or maintaining state parks. The measure would not raise taxes, but it does say that from existing taxes that the state must spend at least about $20 million and as much as about $40 million on land conservation each year for at least 10 years. Supporters say it is easier to plan for buying land when the state can depend on a source of money, rather than on annual budgets, which vary. State lawmakers from both parties overwhelmingly approved putting the idea on ballots. YES: 3,132,658 (83%); NO: 648,488 (17%)”

The [Macon] Telegraph, 11/6/18

“In Georgia, Amendment 1 was voted into law by a four-to-one margin. It authorizes the state government to direct up to 80 percent of existing state sales-tax revenue on outdoor gear to the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to finance land-conservation efforts. The OIA has long fought any additional taxes on outdoor gear, instead arguing that existing tax revenue should be diverted to fund conservation efforts. This success could prove to be a model for similar ballot measures elsewhere in 2020.”

Outside Magazine, 11/7/18

“Amendment 1: The Portion of Revenue from Outdoor Recreation Equipment Sales Tax Dedicated to Land Conservation Fund Amendment passed with 83 percent of votes, according to WTOC. The amendment will create a stewardship fund, funded by a special sales tax that will work to protect water quality, wildlife habitat and parks in Georgia.”

The George-Anne, 11/7/18

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