Senator LINDA R. GREENSTEIN
District 14 (Mercer and Middlesex)
Senator CHRISTOPHER "KIP" BATEMAN
District 16 (Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset)
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
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:
BOATING & FISHING ACCESS
Access Facilities $250,000
Camping, Cabin/Shelter Program 400,000
Sanitary Facilities 400,000
HABITAT ENHANCEMENT & ACCESS
Habitat Improvements & Access 250,000
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
Contingency Fund for Repairs 1,118,000
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.
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.