Letters to the Editor – Feb. 15, 2024


Support Natural Resources trust fund
To the Editor:
In 2010, 63% of Iowa’s 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. That’s a rather resounding approval rating. Sadly, no funding has ever been provided since Iowa voters approve the constitutional amendment. More than 10 years later, the Trust Fund sits empty, requiring a sales tax increase of 3/8th of a cent for funding. If funded, the Trust Fund would generate at least $171 million annually and provide farmers, local communities and state agencies with reliable and accountable funding.

I encourage you to ask your elected officials how they can get this funded. Talk to them, call them or email them and tell them you want this oversight taken care of in this legislative session. They need to hear from you. Otherwise, they won’t do anything.
Ozzie Ohl
Mason City, Iowa

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