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Justices OK land and water ballot measure

by John Kennedy | September 26th, 2013

The Florida Supreme Court approved the first proposed constitutional amendment slated for next year’s ballot — a water and land conservation measure that could set aside $10 billion over the next two decades for environmental efforts.

The Florida Land and Water Legacy, the organization sponsoring the effort, is more than halfway to the 683,149 petition signatures needed to get on the November ballot, an amount representing 8 percent of all registered voters who cast ballots in the last general election.

“This is monumental step as we continue gathering petitions to place this important measure on the ballot,” said Will Abberger, the campaign’s chairman and director of conservation finance for The Trust for Public Land. ”Our campaign is proving that Floridians care deeply about our state’s natural heritage and want to safeguard it for future generations.”

The amendment would earmark one-third of the state’s documentary stamp tax dollars, drawn from real-estate transactions, for conservation, management, and restoration of Florida’s water and land for 20 years, beginning in July 2015.



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4 Responses to “Justices OK land and water ballot measure”

  1. RC Says:

    Liberals want the state to own all the land. The economy collapses in on counties that support this as tax revenues dry up when land is sold into trust and stops generating taxes. Why should the taxpayers suppor thtis scheme. Liberasl should just call for the state to sieze the land.

  2. rebar Says:

    @ RC
    Have buddy where did you go to skool? You grammar sucks! Why don’t you sieze a textbook and do some learnin’!

  3. coffeeparty Says:

    Where do you sign up for the petition?

  4. whasup Says:

    In the long run, folks would decide to develop land less, and convert land uses less, and degrade undeveloped land less, if property taxes were eliminated, if doc stamps–as such–were eliminated, and if land transactions were subject to a sales tax like most other things bought and sold. Why don’t environmentalist, whether of the liberal or conservative stripe on other matters, comprehend this? Because they are like boxers wearing blinders punching around within the black boxes that our ordinary way of doing government imposes on us.

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