WWALS Watershed Coalition advocates for conservation and stewardship of the Withlacoochee, Willacoochee, Alapaha, Little, Santa Fe, and Suwannee River watersheds in south Georgia and north Florida through education, awareness, environmental monitoring, and citizen activities.
Much of Georgia taxes on new tires or trash dumping are supposed to be dedicated to collecting tires, handling hazardous waste, and the like.
Unfortunately, about 40% of such tax collections get diverted to the Georgia General Fund, and from there to who knows where, while tires and trash
collect in our rivers.
That’s over $200 million dollars of your tax money misused to date.
Last night Georgia legislators from all over the state,
including numerous committee chairs,
feasted on quail supplied by Lowndes County and Valdosta in the annual
a six-decade tradition of local lobbying in the Georgia state capitol.
I thanked Jeff Jones (District 167) for his new
coal ash bills, and reminded other legislators to vote for them this year,
like they did his earlier ones last year: Continue reading →
For property rights and clean water, you don’t want coal ash seeping
through groundwater, so
please contact your state legislator to support the
two coal ash bills now in the Georgia House of Representatives:
“Water resources; notice to local governing authorities prior to the dewatering of coal combustion residual surface impoundments; provide”
Georgia Power is retiring many coal plants (good, although they’re
mmostly replacing them with natural gas plants; not so good),
and this involves dewatering coal ash ponds near those plants;
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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