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Act 115 of 2013 (amending Pennsylvania's Open Space Law)

2013
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
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 It also clarifies that voter created open space taxes may only be repealed by voter referendum.
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Act 153 of 1996 - amends the Open Space Lands Act

1996
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
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.
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Act 154 of 2006 (land trust-local government partnerships)

2006
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
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.)
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Act 4 of 2006 (millage freeze; amends the open space law)

2006
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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.
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Act of Jan. 19, (1968) 1967, P.L. 992, No. 442 "Preserving Land for Open Air Spaces"

2013
Organizations/Sources: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
As amended through 2013, 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.
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Case Study: Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment

Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
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.
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Conservation Almanac

Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
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.
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Designing Conservation Finance Ballot Measures in New York State

2004
Authors: Matt Zieper and Ernest Cook
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
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.
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Implementing a Municipal Open Space Program: A Guide for Pennsylvania's Municipalities

2003
Authors: Michael Frank
Organizations/Sources: Heritage Conservancy
This report provides municipal officials with basic information related to planning for and implementing an effective open space program.
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LandVote Database

Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
The LandVote® Database provides the most comprehensive history available for state and local conservation finance measures that have been placed on the ballot.
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Leaders in the Fields: Seven Successful Municipal Open Space Referendums in the Lehigh Valley

2009
Authors: Michael Frank
Organizations/Sources: Heritage Conservancy
This publication describes seven successful local efforts to establish open space taxes in Northampton County municipalities for the protection of farmland, natural resource areas and open space. It describes what worked, how it worked and lessons learned.
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Parks in Perpetuity: The Protections Provided to Parks and Other Public Open Spaces Under Pennsylvania Law

2021
Authors: Andrew M. Loza
Parks and other public open spaces deliver tremendous benefits to the public and provide a crucial foundation for building, maintaining, and renewing communities. People rely on the permanence of these civic assets in making decisions on where to live and work. Thus, it is no wonder that Pennsylvania law affords great protections to parks from sale or conversion to non-public uses by the municipal governments responsible for their care. This guide describes these protections in brief. [3-page WeConservePA guide]
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Participation in Legislative Lobbying & Ballot Measure Campaigns by Non-Profit Organizations

Organizations/Sources: Conservation Campaign
Fact sheet on appropriate levels of engagement and activities for nonprofits to participate in lobbying and ballot measure campaigns.
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Public Finance for Open Space: A Guide for Pennsylvania's Municipalities

2003
Organizations/Sources: PA DCNR, Heritage Conservancy, TPL
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.
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Referendum to Authorize a Tax or Bond for Conservation

2017
Authors: Nate Lotze and Andrew M. Loza
Pennsylvanians may vote to establish a tax specifically dedicated to open space protection in their municipality. Voters may also approve borrowing by their county or municipality for conservation projects. (Print version of CT guide)
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Winning Local Conservation Ballot Measures Presentation- PALTA Conference

2009
Authors: Tom Gilbert
Organizations/Sources: The Trust for Public Land
Presentation at 2009 PALTA Conference on winning local ballot measures to finance parks and land conservation. Includes services available from TPL, and case study of the sucessful Adams County Bond Measure in 2008.
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