SENATE, No. 2729

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 14, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  LINDA R. GREENSTEIN

District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)

Senator  CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN

District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Appropriates $9.703 million from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues for recreation and conservation purposes to DEP for State capital and park development projects.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act appropriating $9,703,000 from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax revenues for the development of lands by the State for recreation and conservation purposes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.  There is appropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the sum of $8,628,000 from dedicated corporation business tax revenues pursuant to Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 of the State Constitution in the “Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund,” established pursuant to section 6 of the “Preserve New Jersey Act,” P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-48), and $1,075,000 from the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account made available for this purpose pursuant to the provisions of P.L.2017, c.99, for the development of lands by the State for recreation and conservation purposes in accordance with the provisions of the “Preserve New Jersey Act,” P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-43 et seq.).

     b.    The funds appropriated pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall be allocated as follows:

 

Project                                                                                                                        Amount

 

BOATING & FISHING ACCESS

 

      Access Facilities                                                                                                  $250,000

 

CAMPING DEVELOPMENT

     

      Camping, Cabin/Shelter Program                                                                     400,000

      Sanitary Facilities                                                                                                400,000

 

HABITAT ENHANCEMENT & ACCESS

 

      Habitat Improvements & Access                                                                     250,000

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

 

      Bridge Repairs                                                                                                      250,000

      Building Repairs and Renovations                                                                   400,000

      Health and Life Safety Projects                                                     1,800,000

      High Hazard and Significant Hazard Dams: 

                Inspection, Repair, Removal                                                                   750,000

      Historic Structure Stabilization and Repairs                                                1,600,000

      Recreational Development                                                                                800,000

      Road Repairs                                                                                                        400,000

 

IN-HOUSE PROJECTS                                                                                             800,000

OTHER

 

      Contingency Fund for Repairs                                                                      1,118,000

      Administration                                                                                                      485,000

 

TOTAL                                                                                                   $9,703,000

 

     c.     Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection e. of section 6 of P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-48) or any other law to the contrary, the expenditure of funds pursuant to this section shall not require the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, or its successor.  The department may reallocate funds among the projects identified in subsection b. of this section, subject to the approval of the Director of the Division of Budget and Accounting in the Department of the Treasury.  The department shall send written notification of any such reallocation of funds to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the General Assembly, the Legislative Budget and Finance Officer, the Joint Budget Oversight Committee, or its successor, and the Chairs of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, or their respective successor committees.

 

     2.    There is appropriated from the General Fund to the “Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund,” established pursuant to section 6 of the “Preserve New Jersey Act,” P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-48), the sum of $8,628,000 to implement the provisions of section 1 of this act.

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill appropriates the sum of $9.703 million to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide funding for capital projects and park development on lands administered by the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry and Division of Fish and Wildlife pursuant to the “Preserve New Jersey Act,” P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-43 et seq.).

     The funding in this bill is provided from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax (CBT) revenues pursuant to Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 of the State Constitution, approved by the voters of the State in November 2014, including $1,075,000 from the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund – Constitutional Dedication account made available for these purposes pursuant to P.L.2017, c.99 (i.e., the FY2018 annual appropriations act).  The “Preserve New Jersey Act” implements, for State fiscal years 2017 through 2019, the constitutional dedication of CBT revenues for open space, farmland, and historic preservation.  The “Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund” was established by section 6 of the “Preserve New Jersey Act.”

     The projects and appropriations listed in this bill have been approved by the DEP and the Garden State Preservation Trust.