GA VOTED "YES" ON 1!
With 81.6% of the vote, Georgians send a clear mandate
Learn about Amendment #1
Amendment #1 reads:
“Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize the General Assembly to dedicate revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were intended?”
know the facts
Georgia’s citizens have been paying into the Hazardous Waste Trust Fund and Solid Waste Trust Fund (HWTF/SWTF) for decades ($1 fee for every new tire purchased and $0.75 tipping fee at local landfills)
The HWTF is intended to pay for cleaning up hazardous waste sites and helping remediate old, unlined landfills that threaten drinking water and the environment.
The SWTF is meant to address landfill emergencies that endanger public health or safety, abandoned landfills, clean up illegal scrap tire piles and dumps, fund recycling and waste-reduction programs, eliminate open dumps, and assist with other solid waste management programs.
Since HWTF and SWTF were created in the early 90s, more than 40% of the collected funds have been diverted to pay for other portions of the budget to the tune of over $200 million.
- 2008-2018 the HWTF totaled $157 million. $103 million was redirected to the state’s general fund leaving only $55 million to be used for hazardous site clean-ups.
- 2008-2018 the SWTF totaled $72 million. $50 million was redirected to the state’s general fund leaving only $22 million to fund public clean-ups.
Without funding from these fees, local governments often must raise taxes to fund programs designed to keep their citizens healthy and safe. The diversions of fees means that tire dumps and hazardous waste sites are untouched and become detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of citizens.