On November 4, 2014 New Jersey voters approved Public Question 2 to ensure dedicated state funds are available to protect New Jersey's clean drinking water, open spaces, farmland and historic sites, as well as to improve water quality and clean up polluted sites.
Here's what you need to know about this ballot measure:
Dedicate existing funds, with no new taxes
Public Question 2 dedicates a small percentage of existing state revenues, without increase taxes, to replenish the now-depleted Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland and historic preservation programs, and continue funding to improve water quality, remove and clean up underground storage tanks, and clean-up polluted sites.
Protect clean water, our quality of life, and our children's future
All funds from the statewide bond that voters approved in 2009 are fully allocated. There is no new money left for preservation programs in New Jersey, but tremendous needs remain. According to a report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, more than 650,000 acres still need to be preserved to protect natural and water resources and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities to a growing population. At least 350,000 acres of additional farmland must be preserved to maintain a viable agriculture industry, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. Public Question 2 would ensure that stable funding is available to protect New Jersey's open spaces, waterways, farms and historic sites for our quality of life today, and for future generations.
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