NJ voters to consider open space initiative

Next week NewJersey voters will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment to provide a long-term source of funding for open space preservation.

The amendment calls for using more of the corporate business tax to pay for preservation, but opponents contend doing that would divert funding from other programs that clean up toxic waste sites and remove homeowners’ underground storage tanks.

New Jersey Sierra Club director Jeff Tittel believes any short-term reductions can be made up.

“We can always get funding for these programs, but without money for open space, the bulldozers win,” he said.

Bill Wolfe is the director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. While he supports open space preservation, he says the referendum could end up leading to environmental damage.

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