WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Two Georgia state constitutional amendments are relevant to clean water,
of those on the ballot tomorrow in the November 6, 2018, General Election.
And in Florida, vote Yes on Florida Amendment 9,
to ban offshore oil and gas drilling.
In Georgia I recommend:
Yes on 1, the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Amendment
No on 2, appointing instead of electing some judges
Hear it from the Mayor, Acting City Manager, and Council of Valdosta, Georgia,
and just in time for them and the Lowndes County Chairman, Manager, and Commissioners
to attend their annual Bird Supper in Atlanta to discuss it with
fees collected by the state of Georgia should be dedicated to the purposes
for which they were collected.
LAKE videos are from the Valdosta City Council, Thursday, January 25, 2018,
including a few words I said about which local governments already
passed this resolution.
The Lowndes County Commission votes tonight, 5:30 PM, on a resolution Chairman Bill Slaughter put on the agenda yesterday morning in support of stopping diversion of state fees, just after a report
about a tire amnesty that was apparently funded by the Georgia Solid Waste Trust Fund, which has had fees diverted upwards of $50 million.
Valdosta and Hahira also have that resolution on their agendas,
after Lanier County, Adel, and Atkinson County passed it recently.
If you can attend one of these meetings and thank these elected officials
for doing this, I’m sure they would appreciate it.
Chairman Lace Futch had a few words about my grandfather
and a few questions, then he asked me to read the
BE IT RESOLVED part to the Atkinson County Commissioners.
They voted unanimously for the resolution to ask the
Georgia state legislature to stop diversion of state fees,
Thursday January 18, 2018.
WWALS Board Member and Atkinson County resident Shirley Kokidko
had asked for it to be on the agenda,
and she thanked the Commissioners at the end of the meeting for passing it.
The City of Adel passed a city resolution
in support of
Georgia House Resolution 158, “a measure allowing the Georgia General Assembly to dedicate fee collections for their statutorily designated programs,” this Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
That’s the second in the Suwannee River Basin, after Lanier County.
The more of these urging resolutions that get passed,
the more likely the legislature will act to schedule a Georgia Constitutional Amendment to stop many millions of dollars of diversions of state fees from
their intended purposes.
Photo: Adel City Council in their December 4, 2018 meeting, by John S. Quarterman for WWALS.
When you pay a state fee, be it for a license plate or for use of a landfill,
chances are much of it is being diverted to some unrelated purpose.
The Lanier County Commission today passed a resolution urging the Georgia
legislature to dedicate state fees to their statutorily-designated programs.
Commissioners Paul Brockington (District 1),
Susan Bowling (District 3),
Harold Simpson (District 2),
Dennis Fender (District 4),
and Alex Lee (Chairman).
Neil Ginty (County Administrator) in pink shirt.
The Commissioners’ only question after I briefly spoke
was to the County Administrator as to whether the county attorney
had reviewed this resolution: she had.
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