Conservation Funding Wins Big at the Ballot
Records Fall; Largest Measure Passes
The record-setting amount of funding for 2008 can largely be attributed to passage of
A complete list of results from local and state balloting on conservation and parks is available online today from LandVote 2008 -- www.landvote.org.
Among the other significant measures yesterday were:
- East Bay Regional Park District,
California: a $500 millionbond measure received 71 percent support Hillsborough County, Florida: a $200 millionbond measure received 78 percent support Hunterdon County, New Jersey: An extension of the county's 3-centproperty tax for 20 years will generate $152 million
- Community Preservation Act,
Massachusetts: 7 of 8 measures approved, bringing the total of communities statewide that have adopted CPA to 140 Blaine County, Idaho: a two-year property tax for open space will establish the first county conservation program in the state Johnson County, Iowa: a $20 millionbond will establish Iowa'sfirst county conservation program
"Tuesday's results demonstrate sustained support among voters for new investments in land conservation, even in a very tough economic climate," said
The Trust for Public Land and its lobbying affiliate, The Conservation Campaign, played key roles in the success of many of these ballot measures. Together, TPL and TCC assisted in 37 measures on ballots across the country on
"Whether Democrat or Republican, voters seem to be of similar minds on one issue: conservation," said
Since 1996, TPL's Conservation Finance Program has helped communities pass 418 local and state ballot measures which have generated over
The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit land conservation organization which conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come. Since its founding in 1972, TPL has helped protect more than 2.5 million acres in 46 states. The Trust for Public Land depends on the support of individuals, foundations, and corporations. Visit the Trust for Public Land on the Web at www.tpl.org.
SOURCE The Trust For Public Land