Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to provide long term funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation was advanced by the full Senate today. The legislation, SCR138, puts a proposal on this November’s election ballot where voters can choose to adopt a measure dedicating one-fifth of one cent of the state’s 7 percent sales tax to open space preservation for the next 30 years.
“New Jersey is in desperate need of a stable funding source for preserving the state’s open spaces,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “Protecting our natural environment and historic sites ensures our children and grandchildren can experience the same quality of life we have come to expect.”
New Jersey’s Green Acres program includes preservation of farmland, properties prone to flooding, historic sites and lands that are integral to the protection of water supplies.
“With current allocations to preservation now running on empty the state is at risk of endangering future preservation efforts,” said Bateman. “We need steady, long term funding to ensure we can continue to protect lands that guard against flooding and protect our water supply.”