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Permanent conservation funding
Iowa’s water quality, trails, agriculture and outdoor recreation often rely on program funding set by the legislature that varies from year-to-year. Permanent, sustainable funding for these initiatives is necessary to ensure that Iowa’s natural resources and communities will be consistently supported.
In 2010, Iowans voted to amend the state Constitution to create the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, a permanent and protected funding source for Iowa’s communities and natural places. Nine 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 at least $180 million annually.
The Trust Fund would provide farmers, local communities and state agencies with permanent and accountable funding. The funding formula would be allocated as such:
INHF recommends that the legislature raise the sales tax by 3/8 cent to fund the Trust Fund and that the existing funding formula remains.