Act 115 amends Act 442 of 1967, as amended, to provide that in addition to acquiring land and easements, dedicated open space taxes may now be used to develop, improve, design, engineer and maintain open space acquired with dedicated open space taxes in order to provide open space benefits. It also clarifies that voter created open space taxes may only be repealed by voter referendum.
An Act amending the act of January 19, 1968 (1967 P. L. 992, No. 442), entitled "An act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the counties thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses," expanding its scope to include all local government units throughout this Commonwealth.
Pennsylvania Act 154 of 2006 facilitates local government partnerships with land trusts. Act 154 was passed unanimously by both the Senate and House, then signed into law by the Governor on November 29, 2006. (The act amends Pennsylvania's open space law.)
Act 4 provides a process for freezing the millage on open space properties. It amends the act of January 19, 1968 (1967 P.L.992, No.442), entitled, as amended, "An act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local government units thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses," defining "municipal corporation"; further providing for property acquired in fee simple and for local taxing option; and making an editorial change.
(As amended through 2006) an act authorizing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the local government units thereof to preserve, acquire or hold land for open space uses. It is the purpose of this act to clarify and broaden the existing methods by which the Commonwealth and its local government units may preserve land in or acquire land for open space uses.
Established by the voters in 2000 and renewed in 2006 and 2012, the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program has protected more than 20,000 acres of farmland, maritime and bottomland forests, cultural sites, salt marshes, beaches, and tidal creeks in this rapidly developing coastal county south of Charleston.
To protect sweeping vistas of rangeland and mountains, and a deep agricultural legacy, voters passed bond measures in 2000 and 2004 to create and fund the county’s Open Lands Program.
It took nearly ten years to construct a measure with enough support that the legislature would put it on the ballot. Passed with 56% of the vote in 2008, the amendment increased the state sales tax by 0.375 percent for 25 years and divided the increased revenue into four dedicated funds for clean water, habitat, parks and trails, and historic preservation.
Newark has added and upgraded a number of neighborhood playgrounds and parks in recent years. But in a city where some neighborhoods still lack parks, this work was hampered by the lack of a dedicated source of public park funding. In 2013, 84% of voters approved a property tax levy that generates $1.1 million a year for the Newark Open Space & Recreation Trust Fund.
Leaders in this fast-growing Portland suburb were discouraged when a 2009 ballot measure to fund new parks and open space failed by only 509 votes. But rather than abandon the effort, Tigard leaders came back with a new measure based on a clearer understanding of voter priorities—and ballot language that showed how funding would achieve those priorities.
The Conservation Almanac is a growing repository of information and data about land conservation in America. The data provides a context for assessing the impacts of conservation and the growing number of state and local conservation funding measures. This website provides analysis and maps the results of federal, state, and local funding for land conservation since 1998.
This guide for town government officials provides advice to local governments in designing ballot measures. The Trust for Public Land has condensed their experience into a simple 5-step guide for town officials in New York State. This guide should help you proceed with more confidence and avoid common pitfalls that could compromise the success of conservation finance proposals.
This report provides municipal officials with basic information related to planning for and implementing an effective open space program.
The LandVote® Database provides the most comprehensive history available for state and local conservation finance measures that have been placed on the ballot.
Fact sheet on appropriate levels of engagement and activities for nonprofits to participate in lobbying and ballot measure campaigns.
Reviews public financing options for open space protection with a heavy emphasis on referenda. Includes case studies and sample municipal ordinances to place a question on the ballot and to implement voter approved dedicated taxes and borrowing. 34 pages.