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Iowa Water and Land Legacy Amendment proposed

Monday, September 27, 2010

Representatives of a coalition supporting the Iowa Water and Land Legacy Amendment , which will be on the Nov. 2 ballot, are "trying to get the word out" and educate voters as much as possible about the amendment.

Scott Moats of Westfield, a member of the coalition, was in Cherokee recently, and he stated that this amendment is needed because Iowa's water quality is poor. In fact, he said, data from the Department of Natural Resources shows that 53% of Iowa's waters rate "poor."

Iowa ranks 49th out of 50 states in access to public hunting and fishing areas. In addition, while agriculture is the backbone of Iowa's economy, Iowa loses an average of 5 tons of soil per acre each year due to erosion. The amendment will dedicate funding to wetlands restoration and other conservation measures that can reduce and mitigate the impacts of future flooding.

Moats said that Iowa's Water and Land Legacy Amendment has a strong, broad base of support statewide among sportspersons, environmental leaders, business leaders, farmers, recreation groups, Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

he said 90% of Iowans say protecting water, land and recreational opportunities is critical to the state's economic vitality. In addition, 90% of Iowa's legislators voted to allow this amendment to be on the ballot in November.

Some key information:

Iowa's Water and Land Legacy Amendment will create a dedicated trust fund for the purposes of protecting and enhancing water quality and natural areas in the state. The trust fund will be a permanent, constitutionally-protected fund dedicated to water quality, soil conservation, wetlands restoration to protect us from future flooding, enhancing parks and recreation, protecting wildlife habitat, and other specific conservation programs.

The following amendment to the Constitution of

the State of Iowa is proposed:

Article VII of the Constitution of the State of Iowa is

amended by adding the following new section:

NATURAL RESOURCES. SEC. 10. A natural resources and

outdoor recreation trust fund is created within the treasury

for the purposes of protecting and enhancing water quality and

natural areas in this State including parks, trails, and fish

and wildlife habitat, and conserving agricultural soils in

this State. Moneys in the fund shall be exclusively

appropriated by law for these purposes.

The general assembly shall provide by law for the

implementation of this section, including by providing for the

administration of the fund and at least annual audits of the

fund.

Except as otherwise provided in this section, the fund

shall be annually credited with an amount equal to the amount

generated by a sales tax rate of three=eighths of one percent

as may be imposed upon the retail sales price of tangible

personal property and the furnishing of enumerated services

sold in this State.

No revenue shall be credited to the fund until the tax rate

for the sales tax imposed upon the retail sales price of

tangible personal property and the furnishing of enumerated

services sold in this State in effect on the effective date of

this section is increased. After such an increased tax rate

becomes effective, an amount equal to the amount generated by

the increase in the tax rate shall be annually credited to the

fund, not to exceed an amount equal to the amount generated by

a tax rate of three=eighths of one percent imposed upon the

retail sales price of tangible personal property and the

furnishing of enumerated services sold in this State.

Sec. 2. SUBMISSION FOR RATIFICATION. The foregoing

proposed amendment, having been adopted and agreed to by the

Eighty=second General Assembly, 2008 Session, thereafter duly

published, and now adopted and agreed to by the Eighty=third

General Assembly in this joint resolution, shall be submitted

to the people of the State of Iowa at the general election in

November of the year two thousand ten in the manner required

by the Constitution of the State of Iowa and the laws of the

State of Iowa.

EXPLANATION

This joint resolution proposes an amendment to the

Constitution of the State of Iowa to dedicate a portion of

state sales and service tax revenue for the benefit of water

quality, natural areas, and agricultural soils in this state.

The joint resolution establishes a natural resources and

outdoor recreation trust fund. The joint resolution credits

the fund with an amount equal to the amount generated by a

sales tax rate of three=eighths of 1 percent as may be imposed

upon the retail sales price of tangible personal property and

the furnishing of enumerated services sold in this state.

The joint resolution provides that no revenue is to be

credited to the fund until the tax rate in effect on the

effective date of the joint resolution is increased. After

the increased tax rate becomes effective, an amount equal to

the amount generated by the increase in the tax rate is

credited to the fund, not to exceed the amount generated by

the tax rate of three=eighths of 1 percent.

The proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of

Iowa in this joint resolution was previously passed as Senate

Joint Resolution 2002 by the Eighty=second General Assembly,

2008 Session (2008 Iowa Acts, chapter 1194). If adopted and

agreed to by the Eighty=third General Assembly, the proposed

amendment will be submitted to the state electorate at the

general election held in November 2010, for ratification.



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