SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR

SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION No. 84

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

  ADOPTED JUNE 5, 2014

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  BOB SMITH

District 17 (Middlesex and Somerset)

Senator  CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

 

Co-Sponsored by:

Senators Gordon and Greenstein

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Amends Constitution to dedicate four percent of CBT revenues to open space, farmland, and historic preservation, water programs, public and private site remediation, and underground storage tank programs, ends current dedication of four percent of CBT revenues for various environmental programs, and increases dedication to six percent of CBT revenues in 2019; and dedicates revenue from leases and conveyances of State-owned open space for open space, farmland, and historic preservation.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Substitute as adopted by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

 


A Concurrent Resolution proposing to amend Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 of the New Jersey Constitution.

 

     Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of New Jersey (the General Assembly concurring):

 

     1.    The following proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of New Jersey is agreed to:

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT

 

     Amend Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 to read as follows:

     6.    [There shall be credited annually to a special account in the General Fund an amount equivalent to 4% of the revenue annually derived from the tax imposed pursuant to the "Corporation Business Tax Act (1945)," P.L.1945, c.162 (C.54:10A-1 et seq.), as amended and supplemented, or any other State law of similar effect.

     The amount annually credited pursuant to this paragraph shall be dedicated and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature only for the following purposes: paying or financing costs incurred by the State for the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include performing necessary operation and maintenance activities relating to remedial actions and costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge; providing funding, including the provision of loans or grants, for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom; providing funding, including the provision of loans or grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge; for paying or financing the cost of water quality point and nonpoint source pollution monitoring, watershed based water resource planning and management, and nonpoint source pollution prevention projects; for providing grants for the costs of air pollution control equipment to reduce the levels of particulate matter emissions from diesel-powered engines, and for funding for other measures to reduce human exposure to those emissions; and for providing funding, including loans and grants, for the development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, and to satisfy any payments relating to bonds, notes, or other obligations, including refunding bonds, issued by an authority or similar entity established by law to provide funding for the development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes.

     It shall not be competent for the Legislature, under any pretense whatever, to borrow, appropriate, or use the amount credited to the special account pursuant to this paragraph, or any portion thereof, for any purpose or in any manner other than as enumerated in this paragraph.  It shall not be competent for the Legislature, under any pretense whatever, to borrow, appropriate, or use the amount credited to the special account pursuant to this paragraph, or any portion thereof, for the payment of the principal or interest on any general obligation bond that was approved by the voters prior to this paragraph becoming part of this Constitution.

     (a)   Fifteen percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this paragraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for paying or financing the cost of water quality point and nonpoint source pollution monitoring, watershed based water resource planning and management, and nonpoint source pollution prevention projects.

     (b)   Twenty-five percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this paragraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including the provision of loans or grants, for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and for providing funding, including the provision of loans or grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.  Of any amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) but not expended prior to January 1, 2004, fifty percent of that amount shall be expended on funding for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and fifty percent shall be expended on funding the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, including costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     Commencing January 1, 2004 and ending December 31, 2005, fifty percent of the moneys dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) shall be appropriated for funding the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and fifty percent shall be appropriated for funding the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     Commencing January 1, 2006 and ending  December 31, 2006, forty percent of the moneys dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) shall be appropriated for funding the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and sixty percent shall be appropriated for funding the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     Commencing January 1, 2007 and ending December 31, 2021, the moneys dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) shall be appropriated for funding the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge; but if in any fiscal year during that time the amount previously dedicated and appropriated for funding loans or grants for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and available for that purpose but not expended, is less than $20,000,000, then in the following fiscal year, fifty-five percent of the monies dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) shall be appropriated for funding loans or grants for underground storage tanks and only forty-five percent of the monies dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) shall be appropriated for funding the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     Commencing January 1, 2004, up to $2,000,000.00 per year, which shall be taken from the amount appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, may be expended for the costs of a State underground storage tank inspection program, which costs may include the direct but not indirect program administrative costs incurred by the State for the employment of inspectors and a compliance and enforcement staff, and the purchase of vehicles and equipment necessary for the implementation thereof.

     All moneys derived from repayments of any loan issued from the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for the purposes authorized pursuant to this subparagraph (b).  The dedication of moneys derived from loan repayments shall not expire.

     Except for moneys that may be expended for the costs of a State underground storage tank inspection program, and except for amounts that may be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature on or after January 1, 2006, but not to exceed $1,000,000 annually, to administer programs to provide loans and grants for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, no moneys appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) may be expended on any direct or indirect administrative costs of the State or any of its departments, agencies, or authorities.

     Commencing January 1, 2006, funding for administrative costs for programs to provide loans and grants for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances may be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature from the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) for those purposes in an amount not to exceed $1,000,000 in any year.

     No moneys appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) may be expended on any upgrade, replacement, or closure of any underground storage tank, or for the remediation of any discharge therefrom, for any underground storage tank owned by the State or any of its departments, agencies, or authorities, or for costs incurred by the State for the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances.

     Commencing on January 1, 2022, the moneys dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (b) may be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature: for providing funding, including the provision of loans or grants, for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom; for providing funding, including the provision of loans or grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge; or for the costs of a State underground storage tank inspection program, in an amount up to $2,000,000.00 per year.

     The Legislature may appropriate after January 1, 2006, an amount not to exceed $10,000,000, of any of the amounts appropriated in any fiscal year ending before July 1, 2005, made for the purpose of the provision of loans or grants, for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and not expended for that purpose prior to the end of the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2005, for the purpose set forth in subparagraph (d) of this paragraph.

     (c)   Twenty-eight percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this paragraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for paying or financing costs incurred by the State for the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include performing necessary operation and maintenance activities relating to remedial actions and costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge. No moneys appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph (c) may be expended for any indirect administrative costs of the State, its departments, agencies, or authorities.  No more than nine percent of the moneys annually credited pursuant to this paragraph, which shall be taken from the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (c), may be expended for any direct program administrative costs of the State, its departments, agencies, or authorities. 

     (d)   Commencing January 1, 2006 and ending December 31, 2015, seventeen percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this paragraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing  grants for the costs of air pollution control equipment to reduce the levels of particulate matter emissions from diesel-powered engines, funding for other measures to reduce human exposure to those emissions, and funding for those program administrative costs as provided in this subparagraph.  No more than $1,150,000 per year of the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (d) may be expended for program administrative costs of the State, its departments, agencies, or authorities for implementing the provisions of this subparagraph (d), and for regulating particulate matter emissions from diesel-powered engines.

     Any amount dedicated and appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph (d) but not expended prior to January 1, 2016 shall be dedicated and may be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature for the purposes authorized in subparagraph (c) of this paragraph.

     (e)   Fifteen percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this paragraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including loans and grants, for the development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, and to satisfy any payments relating to bonds, notes, or other obligations, including refunding bonds, issued by an authority or similar entity established by law to provide funding for the development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes.

     Commencing January 1, 2016, thirty-two percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this paragraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including loans and grants, for the development of lands for recreation or conservation purposes, and to satisfy any payments relating to bonds, notes, or other obligations, including refunding bonds, issued by an authority or similar entity established by law to provide funding, for the development of lands for recreation or conservation purposes.

     All moneys derived from repayments of any loan issued from the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (e) shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for the purposes authorized pursuant to this subparagraph (e).

     No more than five percent per year of the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph (e) may be expended for program administrative costs of the State, its departments, agencies, or authorities for implementing the provisions of this subparagraph (e).

     The authority or other similar entity established by law as described in this subparagraph (e) shall be the same authority or entity established for the purposes of Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 7 of the State Constitution.] 

     (a)   Commencing July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019, there shall be credited to a special account in the General Fund an amount equivalent to four percent of the revenue annually derived from the tax imposed pursuant to the "Corporation Business Tax Act (1945)," P.L.1945, c.162 (C.54:10A-1 et seq.), as amended and supplemented, or any other State law of similar effect.

     Commencing July 1, 2019, there shall be credited to a special account in the General Fund an amount equivalent to six percent of the revenue annually derived from the tax imposed pursuant to the "Corporation Business Tax Act (1945)," P.L.1945, c.162 (C.54:10A-1 et seq.), as amended and supplemented, or any other State law of similar effect.

     The amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature only for:  providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation, including acquisition, development, and stewardship, of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including lands that protect water supplies and lands that have incurred flood or storm damage or are likely to do so, or that may buffer or protect other properties from flood or storm damage; providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation and stewardship of land for agricultural or horticultural use and production; providing funding, including loans or grants for historic preservation; paying administrative costs associated with each of those efforts; paying or financing the cost of water quality point and nonpoint source pollution monitoring, watershed based water resource planning and management, and nonpoint source pollution prevention projects; paying or financing costs incurred by the State for the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include performing necessary operation and maintenance activities relating to remedial actions and costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge; providing funding, including loans or grants, for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom; and providing funding, including loans and grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     It shall not be competent for the Legislature, under any pretense whatever, to borrow, appropriate, or use the amount credited to the special account pursuant to this paragraph, or any portion thereof, for any purpose or in any manner other than as enumerated in this paragraph.  It shall not be competent for the Legislature, under any pretense whatever, to borrow, appropriate, or use the amount credited to the special account pursuant to this paragraph, or any portion thereof, for the payment of the principal or interest on any general obligation bond that was approved by the voters prior to or subsequent to this paragraph becoming part of this Constitution.

     All moneys derived from repayments of any loan issued from the amount dedicated pursuant to this paragraph prior to July 1, 2015 for the development of lands for recreation or conservation purposes shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for the development of lands for recreation or conservation purposes.

     Commencing July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019, seventy-one percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for: providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation, including acquisition, development, and stewardship, of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including lands that protect water supplies and lands that have incurred flood or storm damage or are likely to do so, or that may buffer or protect other properties from flood or storm damage; providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation and stewardship of land for agricultural or horticultural use and production; providing funding, including loans or grants, for historic preservation; and paying administrative costs associated with each of those efforts.

     Commencing July 1, 2019, seventy-eight percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for: providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation, including acquisition, development, and stewardship, of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including lands that protect water supplies and lands that have incurred flood or storm damage or are likely to do so, or that may buffer or protect other properties from flood or storm damage; providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation and stewardship of land for agricultural or horticultural use and production; providing funding, including loans or grants, for historic preservation; and paying administrative costs associated with each of those efforts.

     All moneys derived from repayments of any loan issued from the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph for the preservation, including acquisition, development, and stewardship, of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, the preservation and stewardship of land for agricultural or horticultural use and production, or for historic preservation, and all income derived from the investment of moneys in the special account established pursuant to this paragraph, shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature only for the preservation, including acquisition, development, and stewardship, of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, the preservation and stewardship of land for agricultural or horticultural use and production, or for historic preservation, as authorized pursuant to this subparagraph.

     Commencing July 1, 2015, five percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for paying or financing the cost of water quality point and nonpoint source pollution monitoring, watershed based water resource planning and management, and nonpoint source pollution prevention projects. 

     Commencing July 1, 2015, five percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for paying or financing the costs incurred by the State for the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include performing necessary operation and maintenance activities relating to remedial actions and costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     No moneys appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph for the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances may be expended for any direct or indirect administrative costs of the State, or any of its departments, agencies, or authorities.

     Commencing July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019, nine percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this  subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including loans or grants, for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and for providing funding, including loans or grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     Commencing July 1, 2019, five percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this  subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including loans or grants, for the upgrade, replacement, or closure of underground storage tanks that store or were used to store hazardous substances, and for the costs of remediating any discharge therefrom, and for providing funding, including loans or grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     Commencing July 1, 2015, up to $1,000,000 per year, which shall be taken from the amount appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph for underground storage tank programs, may be expended for the costs of a State underground storage tank inspection program, which costs may include the direct but not indirect program administrative costs incurred by the State for the employment of inspectors and a compliance and enforcement staff, and the purchase of vehicles and equipment necessary for the implementation thereof.

     All moneys derived from repayments of any loan issued from the amount dedicated pursuant to this paragraph prior to or after July 1, 2015 for underground storage tank programs shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for loans or grants for underground storage tank programs authorized pursuant to this subparagraph.  The dedication of moneys derived from loan repayments shall not expire.

     Except for moneys that may be expended for the costs of a State underground storage tank inspection program, no moneys appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph for underground storage tank programs may be expended on any direct or indirect administrative costs of the State or any of its departments, agencies, or authorities.

     No moneys appropriated at any time pursuant to this subparagraph for underground storage tank programs may be expended on any upgrade, replacement, or closure of any underground storage tank, or for the remediation of any discharge therefrom, for any underground storage tank owned by the State or any of its departments, agencies, or authorities, or for costs incurred by the State for the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances therefrom.

     Commencing July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2019, ten percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including loans or grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     Commencing July 1, 2019, seven percent of the amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including loans or grants, for the costs of the remediation of discharges of hazardous substances, which costs may include costs incurred for providing alternative sources of public or private water supplies, when a water supply has been, or is suspected of being, contaminated by a hazardous substance discharge.

     All moneys derived from repayments of any loan issued from the amount dedicated pursuant to this paragraph prior to or after July 1, 2015 for hazardous substance discharge remediation shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for loans or grants for hazardous substance discharge remediation authorized pursuant to this subparagraph.  The dedication of moneys derived from loan repayments shall not expire.

     No moneys appropriated pursuant to this subparagraph for hazardous substance discharge remediation may be expended on any direct or indirect administrative costs of the State or any of its departments, agencies, or authorities.

     (b)   There shall be credited annually to a special account in the General Fund an amount equivalent to the revenue annually derived from leases and conveyances of lands acquired or developed by the State for recreation and conservation purposes. 

     The amount annually credited pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation, including acquisition, development, and stewardship, of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including lands that protect water supplies and lands that have incurred flood or storm damage or are likely to do so, or that may buffer or protect other properties from flood or storm damage; providing funding, including loans or grants, for the preservation and stewardship of land for agricultural or horticultural use and production; providing funding, including loans or grants for historic preservation; and paying administrative costs associated with each of those efforts.

     All moneys derived from repayments of any loan issued from the amount dedicated pursuant to this subparagraph shall be dedicated, and shall be appropriated from time to time by the Legislature, only for the purposes authorized pursuant to this subparagraph.

(cf: Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 amended effective December 7, 2006)

 

     2.    When this proposed amendment to the Constitution is finally agreed to pursuant to Article IX, paragraph 1 of the Constitution, it shall be submitted to the people at the next general election occurring more than three months after the final agreement and shall be published at least once in at least one newspaper of each county designated by the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the General Assembly and the Secretary of State, not less than three months prior to the general election.

 

     3.    This proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be submitted to the people at that election in the following manner and form:

     There shall be printed on each official ballot to be used at the general election, the following:

     a.    In every municipality in which voting machines are not used, a legend which shall immediately precede the question as follows:

     If you favor the proposition printed below make a cross (X), plus (+), or check (a) in the square opposite the word "Yes." If you are opposed thereto make a cross (X), plus (+) or check (a) in the square opposite the word "No."

     b.    In every municipality the following question:

 

 

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

 

 

YES

     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.


 

 

 

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

 

 

NO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    This amendment would ensure stable funding for some of the State's 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.  It also changes the amounts allocated to some of the programs funded by the existing dedication beginning on July 1, 2015.

     The money from the new dedication would be used:  (1) to preserve and care for open space (Green Acres), farmland, historic sites, and flood-prone areas (Blue Acres); (2) to improve water quality; (3) to pay for polluted site cleanups; and (4) for underground tank removal and cleanup.

     Lastly, the amendment requires that money received from leases and certain other uses of State-owned preserved open space be used to pay for open space, farmland, and historic preservation.

     The current dedication of Corporation Business Tax revenue helps pay for water quality programs, polluted site cleanups, underground tank removal and cleanup, air pollution equipment for diesel engines, and improvements to parks.

     Under the State’s open space preservation programs, known as Green Acres and Blue Acres, land is bought to protect water supplies, create and maintain parks and fish and wildlife areas, and protect flood-prone areas.  The Green Acres program also helps pay for improvements to parks.

 

 

 

 


SCHEDULE

 

This Constitutional amendment shall, if approved, take effect on July 1, next following the general election at which it was approved.