Vote "yes" on Alachua County Forever
Release Date: 2022-10-21
Action Deadline: 2022-11-08
Please support Alachua County’s continued investment in land conservation by voting YES on a ballot measure to extend the Wild Spaces and Public Places program.
The Florida Native Plant Society has long recognized that the most effective strategy for conserving our native plants and native plant communities is to conserve the natural areas where they occur! However, the rapid pace of land development in Florida means we are locked in an ongoing race against the bulldozers. Voters in Alachua County have a special opportunity to support an extension and expansion of their successful Wild Spaces and Public Places Program, which in turn serves as the funding source for Alachua County Forever.
The ballot measure, if approved by voters, would replace the half-cent sales tax currently supporting Wild Spaces and Public Places with a penny sales tax for a period of 10 years, Half the proceeds would be dedicated to acquiring and managing environmentally sensitive land through Alachua County Forever, and to improving and maintaining parks, trails and recreational facilities. The other half of the sales tax would be dedicated to road maintenance, affordable housing, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and other public facilities.
Alachua County Forever has been one of Florida’s most successful land conservation programs. Since its inception in 2000, Alachua County Forever has protected more than 34,000 acres through purchases of land and/or development rights from willing sellers. But there is more work to be done to conserve Alachua County’s precious natural resources, and the proposed expansion and extension of Wild Spaces and Public Places will allow the success to continue.
Additional information about the ballot measure is available at https://www.wildspacespublicplaces.org/ . Please vote “yes” in support of this ballot measure whether you are voting by mail, early voting, or voting on election day – November 8! Early voting in Alachua County runs from October 24-November 5, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, at the 7 locations listed here: https://www.votealachua.com/Voters/Early-Voting. You can also vote early on Sunday, November 6, but only at the Supervisor of Elections office located at 515 North Main Street in Gainesville.