Conservation amendment raises $202K in April

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Supporters of the land-conservation constitutional amendment raised $202,878 during April as they work towards voter approval in November, according to the latest state Division of Elections reports.

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, backers of Amendment 1, have now raised a total of almost $2.7 million, where the majority of the cash went to collecting 683,149 petition signatures necessary to be included on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The proposal dedicates 20 years of state’s documentary-stamp tax revenue for the acquirement, conservation, management, and restoration of Florida’s water and land resources starting July 1, 2015. Documentary stamp taxes are paid when real estate is sold.

Among the biggest contributors in April were The Conservation Fund, which donated $29,880, and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which gave $25,000, according to the report.

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