Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer to preserve green acres and control sprawl in the nation’s most densely populated state was signed by Governor Christie. The bill (S2456/A4017) ensures a percentage of the corporate business tax, as committed by public referendum in 2014, will be used to preserve farmland and open space.
“This bill implements the will of the people who voted to defend the character and environment of the Garden State,” said Dancer (R–Ocean). “Investing in preserved farms, ensuring their survival for generations to come and conserving the agrarian history of our state is good practice that will pay dividends.”
Under the bill, the constitutionally dedicated 4 percent of the tax will be allocated to acquiring land for recreation and conservation (60 percent); for farmland preservation (31 percent); for historic preservation (5 percent); and to fund “Blue Acres” programs (4 percent) for the purchase of properties prone to flooding.
“This is continuing the good work of the Green Acres and preservation programs that are keeping New Jersey’s character and charisma,” Dancer said. “Saving open space and farms for future generations is a priority.”
The bill passed both the Assembly and Senate on Monday, and was signed into law by the governor on Thursday night, along with the budget for Fiscal Year 2017.