Iowa’s legacy depends on clean water, productive agricultural soils and thriving wildlife habitat so all Iowans can enjoy the splendor of our state.
The Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, created by an overwhelming majority of Iowa voters in 2010, is a permanent and constitutionally protected funding source to ensure these natural spaces are preserved for generations to come.
Now is the time to fund the Trust. It’s our responsibility. It’s our time. It’s our legacy.
In 2010, 63% of Iowans voted for a constitutional amendment to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, a permanent and protected funding source dedicated to clean water, productive agricultural soils and thriving wildlife habitat. Eight years later, the Trust Fund sits empty because it requires a state sales tax increase of 3/8ths of a cent for funding. Since 2010, support for funding the Trust has only grown. Recent polling shows that 69% of Iowa voters now support raising the state sales tax 3/8ths of a cent to fund the Trust.
Given our enormous challenges related to water quality and the clear benefits tied to soil conservation and improving our wildlife habitat, Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy supports raising the sales tax to fund the Trust and maintaining the formula supported by an overwhelming majority of Iowa voters.
We are represented by a broad-based coalition ranging from conservationists and sportspersons to farmers and business leaders who all believe cleaning our water, protecting our soil and enhancing our habitat will strengthen our economy, communities and improve our quality of life.
We urge Iowa’s political leaders to include a sales tax increase of at least 3/8ths of a cent in any legislative solution aimed at addressing water quality and conservation moving forward.
Ann and Marlyn Jorgensen, Garrison
Bill Knapp II
Bill Van Orsdel, Iowa Insurance Hall of Fame
Bob Scott – Mayor, Sioux City
Carole Reichardt, Clive
Christopher Lindell, Marion
Dan Cosgrove, Johnston
Dan Wells, Le Mars
Doug & Cathy Palmer, Sioux City
Ed Malloy – Mayor, Fairfield
Frank Cownie – Mayor, Des Moines
Gerry Neugent - CEO, Knapp Properties
Interfaith Green Coalition
Iowa State Alliance of the YMCA
Jan Lovell, Clear Lake
Jim Erb – Mayor, Charles City
John Lundell – Mayor, Coralville
John Ruan III
Jon Kruse – Mayor, Storm Lake
Joni Axel, Muscatine
Lola Lopes and Greg Oden, Iowa City
Lyle Asell, Chariton
Martha and Mike Myszewski, Des Moines
Marty Palmer, Sioux City
Matt Walsh -- Mayor, Council Bluffs
Med and John Bickel, Cedar Rapids
Miechelle and Larry Webber, Iowa City
Nancy and Lee Schoenewe, Arnolds Park
Nelson Crabb -- Mayor, Clear Lake
Nick Van Patten, Des Moines
Pete Brownell, Brownells
Peter and Lisa Schulte Moore, Ames
Richard and Jane Hein, Des Moines
Richard Stanley, Muscatine
Roger Underwood - Ames
Ron Corbett – Mayor, Cedar Rapids
Steve Shriver, Owner of Brewhemia, EcoLips
Steve Sukup - Sheffield
Susan and John Aschenbrenner, Urbandale
Susan Enzle and Nathan E (Gene) Savin, Iowa City
Tom and Kathleen Aller, Cedar Rapids
Tom Lovell, Clear Lake
Tom Rosburg, Des Moines
Travis Young, Waterloo
Walter and Barbara Mendenhall, Okoboji
Waterfowl Association of Iowa, Inc.
American Planning Association, Iowa Chapter
Iowa State Association of County Supervisors
Iowa Travel Federation
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