You know those fancy wildlife tags that are available to you at your local tag office? Yeah, the ones that you pay more to get initially and then a special tag fee each year to have it adorning your whip? Those fees go places, and Georgia House Bill 730 proposes a change to how much of those fees go where.
Currently when you purchase a wildlife tag, you pay a total of $80.00: $20 for the annual tag fee, $1 to the county tag agent, $10 to the sponsoring organization, and $49 to the state's general treasury. When you renew that tag, you pay $55 plus applicable taxes. Of that $55 you pay: the $20 is for the annual tag fee, $10 goes to the sponsoring organization, and $25 goes to the general treasury of Georgia.
Georgia HB 730 proposes that the initial special tag fee be $25, of which $20 goes the sponsoring organization and the same distribution for the annual special tag fee you pay when renewing your tag.
Get on Facebook, Tweet it, and tell your fishy friends to contact their local legislator and ask them to support HB 730 (find them here http://votesmart.org/). Go get that sweet TU brookie tag you have been seeing around town. This has the potential to generate a lot of revenue for the wildlife funds. Specialty tag sales were worth about $5.8 million to sponsoring organizations in 2011, according to the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts.
Got to give credit where credit is due: thanks to GA State Representatives Epps of the 144th, Rice of the 95th, Pruett of the 149th, Dickey of the 140th, Tanner of the 9th, and others for sponsoring this bill.