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Ballot Measures

2018 State-Wide Ballot Measures

Amendment 1 Georgia Outdoor Stewardship

A “yes” vote supports dedicating up to 80 percent of revenue from sales taxes on outdoor recreation equipment to a land conservation fund. The current sales tax rate would remain the same. This effort is expected to raise $20 million annually for the next decade, starting July 1.

  • Protects clean drinking water and natural areas, beaches, and wildlife.

  • Protects natural resources with no new taxes or fees.

  • Benefits the Georgia economy, its $27 billion outdoor recreation industry and creates jobs.

If passed, the funding generated by this amendment would be used only for projects consistent with the state’s established goals for conservation. This referendum ensures the funds cannot be used for any other purpose.

A dedicated funding source will provide a reliable, predictable amount of annual funding that will help the long-term planning process, support Georgia’s economy and better position the state to attract additional federal, philanthropic and private investment.

The amendment experienced near-unanimous support by all members of the General Assembly and is supported by a broad coalition of leading conservation organizations including The Conservation Fund, Georgia Conservancy, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Park Pride, and The Trust for Public Land.

CON

There could be other priorities for these funds.

  • Prevents [the legislature] from allocating those proceeds annually to causes such as education, medical care and transportation --Garland Favorito, Voter GA opposes.

PRO 

Supports land conservation without an increase in taxes.

  • Georgia's most important conservation effort in 20 years – George Dusenbury, The Trust for Public Land

  • Strongly supported by all environmental groups including Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Coalition, The Conservation Fund, Georgia Conservancy, Sierra Club, Georgia Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Park Pride

  • Supported by Galvanize Georgia & Necessary Trouble Indivisible

  • Supported by Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and State Legislators (among others) Mary Margaret Oliver, Elena Parent, Bee Nguyen & (Rep. Elect) Becky Evans