To the editor:
On Nov. 2 Iowa's voters will have the unique opportunity to establish a constitutionally protected trust fund to protect and enhance Iowa's natural resources, outdoor recreational opportunities and leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy Iowa's water, land, wildlife and natural beauty.
This legislation is the result of a bipartisan support that was developed and passed through two legislative sessions before being put on this year's ballot. Contrary to false information being given to the public, this amendment will not raise your taxes, it only creates the protected trust fund. If and when the Iowa Legislature approves the next sales tax increase in Iowa, three-eighths of a cent of this increase would be allocated to the fund. The amendment includes a detailed plan as to how such funds could be used and includes provisions for public accountability to insure proper utilization of the fund. Approximately two-thirds of the fund would be used for water quality and soil conservation programs. How can opposition groups such as the Iowa Farm Bureau be opposed to improving Iowa's water quality and soil erosion?
A sad fact is that Iowa ranks 49th out of 50 states in the amount of public land available to the citizens of Iowa (we only beat Rhode Island) and ranks 47th in per capita state funding for our natural resources. Not numbers for the citizens of Iowa to be proud of.
As a member of Pheasants Forever, whose sole mission is the preservation and development of our natural habitat and education of our future generations on such matters, I encourage you to vote yes on Question No. 1. Remember this vote is located on the reverse side of the ballot.
Don't be part of the silent majority on this issue - Vote "yes" on Nov. 2.