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Permanent conservation funding
Support for Iowa’s land, water and outdoor recreation is dependent on program funding set by the legislature that varies from year-to-year. Reliable funding is necessary to ensure that Iowa’s natural resources and communities will be consistently supported.
In 2010, 63% of Iowa voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, a permanent and protected funding source for Iowa’s communities and natural places. Ten years later, the Trust Fund sits empty, requiring a sales tax increase of 3/8 of a cent for funding. If funded, the Trust Fund would generate approximately $200 million annually. The Trust Fund would provide farmers, local communities and state agencies with reliable and accountable funding.
INHF recommends that the legislature raise the sales tax to at least 3/8 cent to fund the Trust and that the allocation formula include support for public
open space, trails, sustainable agriculture, and water quality.