The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Our State
If passed, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment will dedicate up to 80% of the existing sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to the protection of the state’s lands, water, and wildlife without raising or creating any new taxes or fees.
These funds will be used for the acquisition of lands critical to the protection of clean water supplies, wildlife and outdoor recreation. They will also be used to acquire and improve parks in urban areas and maintain access to already protected lands.
Over $20 million of existing tax dollars would be dedicated every year for the next ten years. This funding could not be used for any other purpose and would be subject to strict accountability provisions and public disclosure. Only projects consistent with the state’s established goals for conservation would be approved.
This investment in Georgia’s natural resources will also ensure the continued growth of our state’s $27 billion outdoor recreation industry and other sectors of our economy that rely upon access to land and water to grow and create jobs including tourism, agriculture and forestry and our military installations.
Our state will continue to grow. We must act today if we are going to protect our clean drinking water supplies, outdoor spaces and natural resources for future generations.