AMENDMENT 1

Amendment 1 – the Water and Land Legacy Amendment – is about land. It’s about how public ownership and restoration of land can help us fix the problems that too much drainage and flood control caused. See below for the full text of the amendment.

Asking for money from Amendment 1 to buy land in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) to send water south is NOT ABOUT taking all the revenues from Amendment 1 to fund Comprehensive Everglades Restoration construction projects. Those revenues can’t be used for building reservoirs .

Those revenues can be used for buying land.

The request to use Amendment 1 revenues for the EAA acquisition is NOT ABOUT taking all those revenues for CERP land acquisitions. Estimates are that the amendment will provide $10 billion over twenty years. There will be plenty of money available for land purchases and restoration for the Florida Forever Program and for protecting Florida’s springs and rivers.

Asking for top priority for acquisition of land in the EAA just below Lake Okeechobee IS ABOUT taking advantage of a current opportunity that will not come again. It IS ABOUT taking a step that will make all the other parts of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan work.

Seventy-five percent of Florida voters committed for spending a portion of the current documentary stamp revenues on land acquisition and restoration. They put that commitment into Florida’s Constitution

For more information on Amendment 1 see:

http://floridawaterlandlegacy.org/

The Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment

 BALLOT TITLE:

Water and Land Conservation - Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands

BALLOT SUMMARY:

Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years.

FULL TEXT:

SECTION 28. Land Acquisition Trust Fund.—

a) Effective on July 1 of the year following passage of this amendment by the voters, and for a period of 20 years after that effective date, the Land Acquisition Trust Fund shall receive no less than 33 percent of net revenues derived from the existing excise tax on documents, as defined in the statutes in effect on January 1, 2012, as amended from time to time, or any successor or replacement tax, after the Department of Revenue first deducts a service charge to pay the costs of the collection and enforcement of the excise tax on documents.

b) Funds in the Land Acquisition Trust Fund shall be expended only for the following purposes:

1.    As provided by law, to finance or refinance: the acquisition and improvement of land, water areas, and related property interests, including conservation easements, and resources for conservation lands including wetlands, forests, and fish and wildlife habitat; wildlife management areas; lands that protect water resources and drinking water sources, including lands protecting the water quality and quantity of rivers, lakes, streams, springsheds, and lands providing recharge for groundwater and aquifer systems; lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area and the Everglades Protection Area, as defined in Article II, Section 7(b); beaches and shores; outdoor recreation lands, including recreational trails, parks, and urban open space; rural landscapes; working farms and ranches; historic or geologic sites; together with management, restoration of natural systems, and the enhancement of public access or recreational enjoyment of conservation lands.

2.    To pay the debt service on bonds issued pursuant to Article VII, Section 11(e).

c) The moneys deposited into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund, as defined by the statutes in effect on January 1, 2012, shall not be or become commingled with the General Revenue Fund of the state.