Oct 16 2014

Voter Information on Public Question No. 2


Ever step into the voting booth, read the public questions at the bottom and wonder what in the world they were asking you? Well, here is some important information about Public Question #2 which pertains to providing stable funding for open space, historic preservation and other environmental programs:

Public Question No. 2 Voter Information

And here’s the ballot question that voters will see on Tuesday, Nov. 4:

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEDICATING STATE FUNDS FOR
OPEN SPACE, FARMLAND, AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND
CHANGING EXISTING DEDICATION FOR WATER PROGRAMS,
UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS, AND HAZARDOUS SITE CLEANUPS

Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate certain State revenues each
year for environmental programs?
The Constitution now dedicates four percent of the money collected from the
Corporation Business Tax to help pay for some environmental programs. This
amendment raises the amount from four percent to six percent beginning on July 1,
2019.
The amendment also changes, beginning July 1, 2015, some of the programs
funded by the current dedication. The new dedication would be used mostly to preserve
and steward open space, farmland, historic sites, and flood-prone areas. Funds would
also be used to improve water quality, remove and clean up underground tanks, and
clean up polluted sites. Lastly, the amendment dedicates money received from leases
and other uses of State open space lands to pay for open space, farmland, and historic
preservation.

 


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