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CEE to meet Sept 19 in Williston

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Citizens for an Engaged Electorate will have its first meeting after the summer hiatus on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Williston Community Center (behind Walgreens). The main topic will be the Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment with reports about signature-gathering events held during the summer and plans for upcoming events. With the deadline for turning in petitions November 30, this phase is nearly at an end. If our goal is met, the education phase will begin immediately.

The amendment seeks to return to the lawful formula the state has followed for decades under the “Florida Forever” project. Republican and Democratic administrations have honored it in the past, but that is no longer the case. The formula dictates that one-third of Real Estate documentary stamp taxes collected be used to acquire and maintain waterways and land. This benefits farmers and ranchers, as well as sportsmen, tourists and residents who simply enjoy the great outdoors.

Because this amount has been gradually reduced since 2009, the funds are now down to three cents on the dollar. The Legacy project seeks an Amendment to the Florida Constitution restoring the rightful funding. It will not raise taxes.

Anyone who has not signed the petition is urged to come to the meeting to sign a petition and/or hear more about the project. 

If you have any questions, please call (352) 465-4862.