Georgia: Specialty Tag to Benefit AIDS Organization
December 12, 2006
On Nov. 7, according to the office of Georgia's secretary of state, 67.4 percent of voters approved amending the state's constitution to allow state funds from the sale of specialty license tags to go directly to the organizations they endorse.
License tags bearing the name of AIDS Survival Project, a statewide nonprofit organization, cost an extra $25 manufacturing fee over the regular $20 motor vehicle registration fee. The plates carry an annual $25 renewal fee, according to Charles Willey, spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Revenue. Ten dollars of the $25 manufacturing fee will go to AIDS Survival Project, $2 to the state for manufacturing and purchasing costs and $13 to the state treasury department's general fund. Periodically, AIDS Survival Project will submit an audit to the revenue department on how the funds are used.
The revenue department has begun taking orders for specialty tags, available starting Jan. 1, 2007. Willey said at least 1,000 AIDS Survival Project tags must be ordered before Dec. 31, 2009, for them to remain in production.
Other specialty tags affected by the amendment include "Support Research/Education on ALS" (Lou Gehrig's disease); "Pediatric Cancer Research;" "Project Lifesaver," which funds research on Down syndrome, autism, and Alzheimer's disease; "Choose Life," which benefits the anti-abortion group Choose Life, Inc.; and an "In God We Trust" tag benefiting Boy Scouts of America.
Southern Voice (Atlanta)
12.01.2006; Eric Ervin
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.