From Mariella Smith:
ELAPP, our county's Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, is set to expire soon unless Hillsborough county citizens vote to extend it in this election. The major challenge is informing the voters: many voters don't know what ELAPP is, and many aren't aware that it is on the ballot (and some won't go all the way to the end of the ballot to find it).
Our poll showed that when people are informed about ELAPP, the majority will support this referendum. However, if we don't educate the voters, the referendum could lose and our natural lands preservation program would expire.
We can't let ELAPP lose this election!
We need your help to get the word out!
Here's how you can help ELAPP win:
1. Donate money — any amount will help. We need money NOW to pay for final mailouts and calls to voters in the last weeks of the campaign. Please download a donation form and mail with your check right away! Since time & money are so tight, please send an e-mail to Dick Eckenrod <eckenrodtbc (a) verizon.net> to let him know your check is in the mail, so we can count on your contribution while budgeting to spend every last penny!
2. Volunteer to spend a little time at a polling place holding a sign and making sure information is available to voters who want it. Please contact Jan Smith <JSmith6723 (a) aol.com>.
3. Tell your friends and family to vote YES for ELAPP. Send them the links and information below:
We must act now to preserve our last remaining environmentally sensitive lands to
• Protect drinking water sources
• Improve water quality in local rivers, lakes and Tampa Bay
• Preserve wildlife habitat
• Provide outdoor recreational areas
"Voting for ELAPP will not increase property taxes. It is simply a continuation of a voter approved funding source in place since 1987. Those funds have been wisely invested and matched with 76 million additional dollars which would not have been available without a local funding source.
"Use of those funds is strictly limited to acquiring and preserving environmentally sensitive lands in Hillsborough County. Strong oversight from a citizens advisory council and annual public audits have helped ELAPP earn the support of nearly every political, business, environmental and civic group in the region."
4. Please forward this e-mail!
Thanks for any help you can give!
Tampa Tribune Endorsement:
ELAPP campaign web site: