GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - Katy Norton is a Marshall County official that spoke on the importance of voting yes for Amendment 2. She says the funds are very important to maintaining state parks.
"Sometimes the park money will be shifted out to support other aspects of the general funds, which hurts the parks because they don't have the ability to long term plan to make capital improvements or changes or improvements to the park," says Katy, President of the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Norton says being a resident of Marshall County, she uses these parks and they have personally impacted her. Programs like Eagle Awareness put on by the park helped her son develop his interest in wildlife.
"He fell in love with birds of prey and just had this huge interest in the program and ended up doing a presentation for school and competing in the state level with his presentation," says Katy. "And that's just a memory we wouldn't have if we didn't have our state parks."
Norton says Amendment 2 affects everyone in these communities, and she wants these parks to be around for years to come.
"I hope that people will go to the polls and vote yes just simply because it will ensure that we have our state parks funded years down the road for other families to make good memories here."