Bill Text: NJ S2728 | 2018-2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Appropriates $15,294,000 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues to DEP for State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects.

Spectrum: Moderate Partisan Bill (Republican 14-3)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-06-21 - Substituted by A4210 [S2728 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2018-S2728-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 2728

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

218th LEGISLATURE

INTRODUCED JUNE 14, 2018

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  RICHARD J. CODEY

District 27 (Essex and Morris)

Senator  STEVEN V. OROHO

District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Appropriates $15,294,000 from constitutionally dedicated CBT revenues to DEP for State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act appropriating $15,294,000 from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax revenues for the acquisition of lands by the State for recreation and conservation purposes and for Blue Acres projects.

 

     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 $12,300,000 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 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 acquisition 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                                  County                  Municipality                             Amount

 

(1) BARNEGAT BAY WATERSHED GREENWAY                                         $800,000

 

                                                Monmouth           Freehold Twp

                                                                                Howell Twp

 

                                                Ocean                    Barnegat Twp

                                                                                Berkeley Twp

                                                                                Brick Twp

                                                                                Eagleswood Twp

                                                                                Jackson Twp

                                                                                Lacey Twp

                                                                                Lakewood Twp

                                                                                Little Egg Harbor Twp

                                                                                Ocean Twp

                                                                                Stafford Twp

                                                                                Toms River Twp

 

(2) CAPE MAY PENINSULA                                                                            1,500,000

 

                                                Cape May             Cape May City

                                                                                Cape May Point Boro

                                                                                Dennis Twp

                                                                                Lower Twp

                                                                                Middle Twp

                                                                                Ocean City

                                                                                Sea Isle City

                                                                                Upper Twp

                                                                                West Cape May Boro

                                                                                Woodbine Boro

(3) CROSSROADS OF AMERICAN REVOLUTION                                    1,000,000

 

                                                Bergen                   Bogota Boro

                                                                                Carlstadt Boro

                                                                                East Rutherford Boro

                                                                                Fort Lee Boro

                                                                                Garfield City

                                                                                Hackensack City

                                                                                Hasbrouck Heights Boro

                                                                                Leonia Boro

                                                                                Little Ferry Boro

                                                                                Lodi Boro

                                                                                Lyndhurst Twp

                                                                                Maywood Boro

                                                                                Moonachie Boro

                                                                                New Milford Boro

                                                                                North Arlington Boro

                                                                                Palisades Park Boro

                                                                                Ridgefield Park Village

                                                                                River Edge Boro

                                                                                Rochelle Park Twp

                                                                                Rutherford Boro

                                                                                South Hackensack Twp

                                                                                Teterboro Boro

                                                                                Wallington Boro

                                                                                Wood-Ridge Boro

 

                                                Burlington             Beverly City

                                                                                Bordentown City

                                                                                Bordentown Twp

                                                                                Burlington City

                                                                                Burlington Twp

                                                                                Edgewater Park Twp

                                                                                Fieldsboro Boro

                                                                                Florence Twp

                                                                                Hainesport Twp

                                                                                Mansfield Twp

                                                                                Maple Shade Twp

                                                                                Moorestown Twp

                                                                                Mount Holly Twp

                                                                                Mount Laurel Twp

                                                                                Palmyra Boro

                                                                                Riverside Twp

                                                                                Riverton Boro

                                                                                Springfield Twp

                                                                                Westampton Twp

                                                                                Willingboro Twp

 

                                                Camden                                Audubon Boro

                                                                                Audubon Park Boro

                                                                                Brooklawn Boro

                                                                                Camden City

                                                                                Cherry Hill Twp

                                                                                Collingswood Boro

                                                                                Gloucester City

                                                                                Haddon Heights Boro

                                                                                Haddon Twp

                                                                                Haddonfield Boro

                                                                                Merchantville Boro

                                                                                Mount Ephraim Boro

                                                                                Oaklyn Boro

                                                                                Pennsauken Twp

                                                                                Woodlynne Boro

 

                                                Essex                      Belleville Twp

                                                                                Irvington Twp

                                                                                Livingston Twp

                                                                                Maplewood Twp

                                                                                Millburn Twp

                                                                                Newark City

                                                                                Nutley Twp

 

                                                Gloucester             National Park Boro

                                                                                West Deptford Twp

                                                                                Westville Boro

 

                                                Hunterdon            Delaware Twp

                                                                                East Amwell Twp

                                                                                Flemington Boro

                                                                                Franklin Twp

                                                                                Frenchtown Boro

                                                                                Kingwood Twp

                                                                                Lambertville City

                                                                                Raritan Twp

                                                                                Readington Twp

                                                                                Stockton Boro

                                                                                West Amwell Twp

 

                                                Mercer                   East Windsor Twp

                                                                                Ewing Twp

                                                                                Hamilton Twp

                                                                                Hightstown Boro

                                                                                Hopewell Boro

                                                                                Hopewell Twp

                                                                                Lawrence Twp

                                                                                Pennington Boro

                                                                                Princeton Boro

                                                                                Robbinsville Twp

                                                                                Trenton City

                                                                                West Windsor Twp

 

                                                Middlesex             Carteret Boro

                                                                                Cranbury Twp

                                                                                Dunellen Boro

                                                                                East Brunswick Twp

                                                                                Edison Twp

                                                                                Helmetta Boro

                                                                                Highland Park Boro

                                                                                Jamesburg Boro

                                                                                Metuchen Boro

                                                                                Middlesex Boro

                                                                                Milltown Boro

                                                                                Monroe Twp

                                                                                New Brunswick City

                                                                                North Brunswick Twp

                                                                                Old Bridge Twp

                                                                                Perth Amboy City

                                                                                Piscataway Twp

                                                                                Plainsboro Twp

                                                                                Sayreville Boro

                                                                                South Amboy City

                                                                                South BrunwickTwp

                                                                                South Plainfield Boro

                                                                                South River Boro

                                                                                Spotswood Boro

                                                                                Woodbridge Twp

 

                                                Monmouth           Aberdeen Twp

                                                                                Allentown Boro

                                                                                Colts Neck Twp

                                                                                Englishtown Boro

                                                                                Freehold Boro

                                                                                Freehold Twp

                                                                                Holmdel Twp

                                                                                Manalapan Twp

                                                                                Marlboro Twp

                                                                                Matawan Boro

                                                                                Millstone Twp

                                                                                Roosevelt Boro

                                                                                Upper Freehold Twp

                                                                                Wall Twp

 

                                                Morris                    Boonton Town

                                                                                Boonton Twp

                                                                                Butler Boro

                                                                                Chatham Boro

                                                                                Chatham Twp

                                                                                Chester Boro

                                                                                Denville Twp

                                                                                Dover Town

                                                                                East Hanover Twp

                                                                                Florham Park Boro

                                                                                Hanover Twp

                                                                                Harding Twp

                                                                                Kinnelon Boro

                                                                                Lincoln Park Boro

                                                                                Long Hill Twp

                                                                                Madison Boro

                                                                                Mendham Boro

                                                                                Mendham Twp

                                                                                Mine Hill Twp

                                                                                Montville Twp

                                                                                Morris Plains Boro

                                                                                Morris Twp

                                                                                Morristown Town

                                                                                Mountain Lakes Boro

                                                                                Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

                                                                                Pequannock Twp

                                                                                Randolph Twp

                                                                                Riverdale Boro

                                                                                Rockaway Boro

                                                                                Rockaway Twp

                                                                                Victory Gardens Boro

                                                                                Wharton Boro

                                                Passaic                   Clifton City

                                                                                Passaic City

 

                                                Somerset               Bedminster Twp

                                                                                Bernards Twp

                                                                                Bernardsville Boro

                                                                                Bound Brook Boro

                                                                                Branchburg Twp

                                                                                Bridgewater Twp

                                                                                Far Hills Boro

                                                                                Franklin Twp

                                                                                Green Brook Twp

                                                                                Hillsborough Twp

                                                                                Manville Boro

                                                                                Millstone Boro

                                                                                Montgomery Twp

                                                                                North Plainfield Boro

                                                                                Peapack-Gladstone Boro

                                                                                Raritan Boro

                                                                                Rocky Hill Boro

                                                                                Somerville Boro

                                                                                South Bound Brook Boro

                                                                                Warren Twp

                                                                                Watchung Boro

 

                                                Union                     Berkeley Heights Twp

                                                                                Clark Twp

                                                                                Cranford Twp

                                                                                Elizabeth City

                                                                                Fanwood Boro

                                                                                Garwood Boro

                                                                                Hillside Twp

                                                                                Kenilworth Boro

                                                                                Linden City

                                                                                Mountainside Boro

                                                                                New Providence Boro

                                                                                Plainfield City

                                                                                Rahway City

                                                                                Roselle Boro

                                                                                Roselle Park Boro

                                                                                Scotch Plains Twp

                                                                                Springfield Twp

                                                                                Summit City

                                                                                Union Twp

                                                                                Westfield Twp

                                                                                Winfield Twp

 

(4) DELAWARE BAY WATERSHED GREENWAY                                    2,000,000

 

      Alloways Creek Greenway

 

                                                Salem                     Alloway Twp

                                                                                Elsinboro Twp

                                                                                Lower Alloways Creek Twp

                                                                                Pilesgrove Twp

                                                                                Quinton Twp

                                                                                Upper Pittsgrove Twp

      Cape May Tributaries

 

                                                Cape May             Dennis Twp

                                                                                Lower Twp

                                                                                Middle Twp

                                                                                Upper Twp

 

      Cohansey River Greenway

 

                                                Cumberland         Bridgeton City

                                                                                Fairfield Twp

                                                                                Greenwich Twp

                                                                                Hopewell Twp

                                                                                Lawrence Twp

                                                                                Shiloh Boro

                                                                                Upper Deerfield Twp

 

                                                Salem                     Alloway Twp

 

      Dividing/ Nantuxent/ Cedar/ Back Creeks Greenway

 

                                                Cumberland         Commercial Twp

                                                                                Downe Twp

                                                                                Fairfield Twp

                                                                                Lawrence Twp

 

      Maurice River Greenway

 

                                                Atlantic                  Buena Boro

                                                                                Buena Vista Twp

 

                                                Cape May             Dennis Twp

 

                                                Cumberland         Commercial Twp

                                                                                Deerfield Twp

                                                                                Maurice River Twp

                                                                                Millville City

                                                                                Vineland City

 

                                                Gloucester             Clayton Boro

                                                                                Elk Twp

                                                                                Franklin Twp

                                                                                Glassboro Boro

                                                                                Monroe Twp

                                                                                Newfield Boro

 

                                                Salem                     Elmer Boro

                                                                                Pittsgrove Twp

                                                                                Upper Pittsgrove Twp

 

      Salem River/ Mannington Greenway

 

                                                Salem                     Carneys Point Twp

                                                                                Elsinboro Twp

                                                                                Mannington Twp

                                                                                Oldmans Twp

                                                                                Pennsville Twp

                                                                                Pilesgrove Twp

                                                                                Upper Pittsgrove Twp

                                                                                Woodstown Boro

 

      Stow Creek Greenway

 

                                                Cumberland         Greenwich Twp

                                                                                Stow Creek Twp

 

                                                Salem                     Alloway Twp

                                                                                Lower Alloways Creek Twp

                                                                                Quinton Twp

 

(5) HIGHLANDS GREENWAY                                                                        1,000,000

 

                                                Bergen                   Mahwah Twp

                                                                                Oakland Boro

 

                                                Hunterdon            Alexandria Twp

                                                                                Bethlehem Twp

                                                                                Bloomsbury Boro

                                                                                Califon Boro

                                                                                Clinton Town

                                                                                Clinton Twp

                                                                                Glen Gardner Boro

                                                                                Hampton Boro

                                                                                High Bridge Boro

                                                                                Holland Twp

                                                                                Lebanon Boro

                                                                                Lebanon Twp

                                                                                Milford Boro

                                                                                Tewksbury Twp

                                                                                Union Twp

 

                                                Morris                    Boonton Town

                                                                                Boonton Twp

                                                                                Butler Boro

                                                                                Chester Boro

                                                                                Chester Twp

                                                                                Denville Twp

                                                                                Dover Town

                                                                                Hanover Twp

                                                                                Harding Twp

                                                                                Jefferson Twp

                                                                                Kinnelon Boro

                                                                                Mendham Boro

                                                                                Mendham Twp

                                                                                Mine Hill Twp

                                                                                Montville Twp

                                                                                Morris Plains Boro

                                                                                Morris Twp

                                                                                Morristown Town

                                                                                Mount Arlington Boro

                                                                                Mount Olive Twp

                                                                                Mountain Lakes Boro

                                                                                Netcong Boro

                                                                                Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

                                                                                Pequannock Twp

                                                                                Randolph Twp

                                                                                Riverdale Boro

                                                                                Rockaway Boro

                                                                                Rockaway Twp

                                                                                Roxbury Twp

                                                                                Victory Gardens Boro

                                                                                Washington Twp

                                                                                Wharton Boro

 

                                                Passaic                   Bloomingdale Boro

                                                                                Pompton Lakes Boro

                                                                                Ringwood Boro

                                                                                Wanaque Boro

                                                                                West Milford Twp

 

                                                Somerset               Bedminster Twp

                                                                                Bernards Twp

                                                                                Bernardsville Boro

                                                                                Far Hills Boro

                                                                                Peapack-Gladstone Boro

 

                                                Sussex                    Byram Twp

                                                                                Franklin Boro

                                                                                Green Twp

                                                                                Hamburg Boro

                                                                                Hardyston Twp

                                                                                Hopatcong Boro

                                                                                Ogdensburg Boro

                                                                                Sparta Twp

                                                                                Stanhope Boro

                                                                                Vernon Twp

 

                                                Warren                   Allamuchy Twp

                                                                                Alpha Boro

                                                                                Belvidere Town

                                                                                Franklin Twp

                                                                                Frelinghuysen Twp

                                                                                Greenwich Twp

                                                                                Hackettstown Town

                                                                                Harmony Twp

                                                                                Hope Twp

                                                                                Independence Twp

                                                                                Liberty Twp

                                                                                Lopatcong Twp

                                                                                Mansfield Twp

                                                                                Oxford Twp

                                                                                Phillipsburg Town

                                                                                Pohatcong Twp

                                                                                Washington Boro

                                                                                Washington Twp

                                                                                White Twp

 

(6) HISTORIC RESOURCES                                                                            1,000,000

 

      Allaire State Park

 

                                                Monmouth           Howell Twp

                                                                                Wall Twp

      Fort Mott Officers Quarters

 

                                                Salem                     Pennsville Twp

 

      Griggstown Muletenders Barracks

 

                                                Somerset               Franklin Twp

 

      Historic Sites

 

                                                Burlington             Medford Twp

 

                                                Monmouth           Red Bank Boro

 

      Monmouth Battlefield

 

                                                Monmouth           Freehold Twp

                                                                                Manalapan Twp

 

      New Bridge Landing

 

                                                Bergen                   New Milford Boro

                                                                                River Edge Boro

 

      Proprietary House

 

                                                Middlesex             Perth Amboy City

 

      Register Eligible Sites

 

                                                Somerset               Green Brook Twp

                                                                                Watchung Boro

 

      Rockingham Farmstead

 

                                                Somerset               Franklin Twp

 

      Twin Lights

 

                                                Monmouth           Highlands Boro

 

      Washington Crossing State Park

 

                                                Mercer                   Ewing Twp

                                                                                Hopewell Twp

 

      Waterloo Village

 

                                                Sussex                    Byram Twp

                                                                                Stanhope Boro

 

(7) NATURAL AREAS                                                                                        1,000,000

 

      Bill Henry Pond

 

                                                Atlantic                  Egg Harbor Twp

      Budd Lake Bog

 

                                                Morris                    Mount Olive Twp

 

      Campus Swamp

 

                                                Camden                            Gloucester Twp

 

      Capooling Creek

 

                                                Hunterdon            Franklin Twp

 

      Cheesequake State Park

 

                                                Middlesex             Old Bridge Twp

 

      Crossley Preserve

 

                                                Ocean                    Berkeley Twp

                                                                                Manchester Twp

 

      Five Acre Pond

 

                                                Atlantic                  Estell Manor City

 

      Gravel Hill

 

                                                Hunterdon            Holland Twp

 

      Great Piece Meadows/ Troy Meadows

 

                                                Essex                      Fairfield Twp

                                                                                Roseland Boro

                                                                                West Caldwell Twp

 

                                                Morris                    East Hanover Twp

                                                                                Hanover Twp

                                                                                Lincoln Park Boro

                                                                                Montville Twp

                                                                                Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

                                                                                Pequannock Twp

 

                                                Passaic                   Wayne Twp

 

      Hamburg Mountain

 

                                                Sussex                    Franklin Boro

                                                                                Hamburg Boro

                                                                                Hardyston Twp

                                                                                Vernon Twp

 

      Hidden Lake

 

                                                Camden                            Gloucester Twp

 

      High Mountain

 

                                                Passaic                   North Haledon Boro

                                                                                Wayne Twp

 

      Limestone Ridge

                                                Warren                   Blairstown Twp

 

      Lincoln Grove Preserve

 

                                                Middlesex             South Brunswick Twp

 

                                                Somerset               Franklin Twp

                                                                                Montgomery Twp

 

      Long-A-Coming Branch

 

                                                Camden                            Winslow Twp

 

      Milford Bluffs

 

                                                Hunterdon            Holland Twp

 

      Mountain Lake Bog

 

                                                Warren                   White Twp

 

      Ogdensburg Fen

 

                                                Sussex                    Ogdensburg Boro

 

      Oswego River Natural Area

 

                                                Burlington             Washington Twp

 

      Paulinskill River Greenway

 

                                                Warren                   Knowlton Twp

 

      Phone-In-Fen

 

                                                Warren                   Hardwick Twp

 

      Ramapo Lake Natural Area

 

                                                Bergen                   Oakland Boro

 

                                                Passaic                   Ringwood Boro

                                                                                Wanaque Boro

 

      Ramapo Mountain

 

                                                Bergen                   Mahwah Twp

                                                                                Oakland Boro

 

                                                Passaic                   Pompton Lakes Boro

                                                                                Ringwood Boro

                                                                                Wanaque Boro

      Sourland Mountains

 

                                                Hunterdon            East Amwell Twp

                                                                                West Amwell Twp

 

                                                Mercer                   Hopewell Twp

 

                                                Somerset               Hillsborough Twp

                                                                                Montgomery Twp

 

      Strawberry Hill

 

                                                Mercer                   Hopewell Twp

 

      Sunfish Pond

 

                                                Warren                   Hardwick Twp

 

      Sweet Hollow

 

                                                Hunterdon            Alexandria Twp

                                                                                Holland Twp

 

      Troy Meadows

 

                                                Morris                    Parsippany-Troy Hills Twp

 

      Uttertown Bog

 

                                                Passaic                   West Milford Twp

 

      Washington Crossing State Park

 

                                                Mercer                   Hopewell Twp

 

      Waterfront Access

 

                                                Monmouth           Sea Bright Boro

 

      Wetlands Habitat/ Bog Turtle

 

                                                Sussex                    Frankford Twp

                                                                                Wantage Twp

 

      Whale Pond

 

                                                Monmouth           Ocean Twp

 

      Woodbine Bogs

 

                                                Cape May             Upper Twp

 

(8) PINELANDS                                                                                2,000,000

 

                                                Atlantic                  Brigantine City

                                                                                Buena Boro

                                                                                Buena Vista Twp

                                                                                Corbin City

                                                                                Egg Harbor City

                                                                                Egg Harbor Twp

                                                                                Estell Manor City

                                                                                Folsom Boro

                                                                                Galloway Twp

                                                                                Hamilton Twp

                                                                                Hammonton Town

                                                                                Mullica Twp

                                                                                Port Republic City

                                                                                Weymouth Twp

 

                                                Burlington             Bass River Twp

                                                                                Evesham Twp

                                                                                Medford Lakes Boro

                                                                                Medford Twp

                                                                                New Hanover Twp

                                                                                North Hanover Twp

                                                                                Pemberton Twp

                                                                                Shamong Twp

                                                                                Southampton Twp

                                                                                Springfield Twp

                                                                                Tabernacle Twp

                                                                                Washington Twp

                                                                                Woodland Twp

                                                                                Wrightstown Boro

 

                                                Camden                             Berlin Boro

                                                                                Berlin Twp

                                                                                Chesilhurst Boro

                                                                                Waterford Twp

                                                                                Winslow Twp

 

                                                Cape May             Dennis Twp

                                                                                Middle Twp

                                                                                Upper Twp

                                                                                Woodbine Boro

 

                                                Cumberland         Maurice River Twp

                                                                                Vineland City

 

                                                Gloucester             Franklin Twp

                                                                                Monroe Twp

 

                                                Ocean                    Barnegat Twp

                                                                                Beachwood Boro

                                                                                Berkeley Twp

                                                                                Eagleswood Twp

                                                                                Jackson Twp

                                                                                Lacey Twp

                                                                                Lakehurst Boro

                                                                                Little Egg Harbor Twp

                                                                                Manchester Twp

                                                                                Ocean Twp

                                                                                Plumsted Twp

                                                                                South Toms River Boro

                                                                                Stafford Twp

                                                                                Toms River Twp

                                                                                Tuckerton Boro

(9) RIDGE AND VALLEY GREENWAY                                                           2,000,000

 

                                                Sussex                    Andover Boro

                                                                                Andover Twp

                                                                                Branchville Boro

                                                                                Frankford Twp

                                                                                Fredon Twp

                                                                                Green Twp

                                                                                Hampton Twp

                                                                                Lafayette Twp

                                                                                Montague Twp

                                                                                Newton Town

                                                                                Sandyston Twp

                                                                                Stillwater Twp

                                                                                Sussex Boro

                                                                                Walpack Twp

                                                                                Wantage Twp

 

                                                Warren                   Blairstown Twp

                                                                                Frelinghuysen Twp

                                                                                Hackettstown Town

                                                                                Hardwick Twp

                                                                                Hope Twp

                                                                                Knowlton Twp

                                                                                Liberty Twp

 

TOTAL                                                                                           $12,300,000

 

     c.     Any transfer of any funds, or change in project site, listed in subsection b. of this section shall require the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.

     d.    To the extent that moneys remain available after the projects listed in subsection b. of this section are offered funding pursuant thereto, any State project that previously received funding appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund, established pursuant to the "Garden State Preservation Trust Act," P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-1 et seq.), for recreation and conservation purposes shall be eligible to receive additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.

     For the purposes of this subsection, "Green Acres bond act" means P.L.2009, c.117, P.L.2007, c.119, P.L.1995, c.204, P.L.1992, c.88, and P.L.1989, c.183.

 

     2.    a.  There is appropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the sum of $2,994,000 from dedicated corporation business tax revenues pursuant to Article VIII, Section II, paragraph 6 of the State Constitution in the "Preserve New Jersey Blue Acres Fund," established pursuant to section 7 of the "Preserve New Jersey Act," P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-49), and 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 acquisition, for recreation and conservation purposes, of lands throughout the State that have been damaged by, or may be prone to incurring damage caused by, storms or storm-related flooding, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage, as follows: 

 

Project                  County                                  Municipality                              Amount

 

BLUE ACRES                                                                                                     $2,994,000

 

                                Every county                        Every municipality

 

TOTAL                                                                                            $2,994,000

     b.    The expenditure of moneys appropriated pursuant to this section is subject to the provisions of the "Preserve New Jersey Act," P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-43 et seq.).

 

     3.    a. There is reappropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the unexpended balances, due to project cancellations or cost savings, of the amounts appropriated or reappropriated from this act, any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund, established pursuant to the "Garden State Preservation Trust Act," P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-1 et seq.), for State projects to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for the purpose of providing additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, to any State project that previously received funding appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund for recreation and conservation purposes or that receives funding approved pursuant to section 1 of this act, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee or its successor.  Any such additional funding provided from a Green Acres bond act may include administrative costs.

     b.    For the purposes of this section, "Green Acres bond act" means P.L.2009, c.117, P.L.2007, c.119, P.L.1995, c.204, P.L.1992, c.88, and P.L.1989, c.183.

 

     4.    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), and to the "Preserve New Jersey Blue Acres Fund," established pursuant to section 7 of the "Preserve New Jersey Act," P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-49), the amount determined by the State Treasurer to be necessary to implement the provisions of this act.

 

     5.    This act shall take effect immediately.

STATEMENT

 

     This bill appropriates the sum of $15.294 million to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide funding for the acquisition by the State of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including for Blue Acres projects, 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 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 act provides that of the 60 percent of dedicated CBT revenues allocated each year for the Green Acres program:  55 percent would be used for State open space acquisition and development projects; 38 percent would be used for grants and loans to fund local government open space acquisition and development projects; and 7 percent would be used for grants to fund open space acquisition and development projects undertaken by qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations.  Of the funding for State open space acquisition and development projects:  50 percent would be used for acquisition projects and 50 percent would be used for development projects.  This bill appropriates moneys for State open space acquisition projects.

     Specifically, this bill appropriates $12.3 million from the "Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund" and the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account made available for this purpose pursuant to P.L.2017, c.99 (i.e., the FY2018 annual appropriations act), to the DEP to provide funding for the acquisition by the State of lands for recreation and conservation purposes.  The "Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund" was established by section 6 of the "Preserve New Jersey Act."  This appropriation allocates funding for the acquisition by the State of lands for recreation and conservation purposes in nine project categories throughout the State.

     In addition, this bill appropriates $2.994 million from the "Preserve New Jersey Blue Acres Fund" and the unexpended balances in the Diesel Risk Mitigation Fund - Constitutional Dedication account made available for this purpose pursuant to P.L.2017, c.99 (i.e., the FY2018 annual appropriations act), to the DEP to provide funding by the State for the acquisition, for recreation and conservation purposes, of properties throughout the State that are prone to or have incurred flood or storm damage, or that may buffer or protect other lands from such damage, i.e., "Blue Acres" projects.  The "Preserve New Jersey Blue Acres Fund" was established by section 7 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.

     Lastly, the bill authorizes the department to re-distribute certain other moneys made available by project cancellations or cost savings to provide additional funding, for recreation and conservation purposes, to previously approved and funded State projects, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee.  The bill provides that the additional funding, if provided from a Green Acres bond act, may include administrative costs.

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