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Linn County Water and Land Legacy Bond wins at polls
by Report submitted · November 17th, 2016

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, Linn County voters made their voices heard by approving Public Measure E, Linn County's Water & Land Legacy Bond. It was the right choice, for which Linn County will reap the benefits for generations to come.

The Bond will create $40 million for the purposes of protecting sources of drinking water and the water quality of rivers and streams, including the Cedar River and its tributaries; protecting land to provide natural floodwater storage to reduce flooding; providing funds to improve parks; providing biking and walking trails; and protecting wildlife habitat and natural areas to be managed by the Linn County Conservation Board.

Full public disclosure of all expenditures will be required and subject to public discussion by the Linn County Conservation Board and reviewed by the Linn County Board of Supervisors.

With this vote comes a better future for Linn County families, children and grandchildren, and our economy. It also sets the tone for something bigger for our county and for Iowa: Enacting legislation to fully fund Iowa's Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.

In 2010, 63 percent of Iowans voted for a constitutional amendment to create the Trust Fund, a permanent and constitutionally protected funding source dedicated to clean water, productive agricultural soils and thriving wildlife habitats. Six years later, the Trust Fund sits empty because it requires a sales tax increase of 3/8ths of a cent for funding, and the Iowa Legislature has failed to make that happen. In 2017, Linn County residents must continue to make our voices heard by encouraging state lawmakers to do what's right for Iowa - fully fund the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund.
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