Senate, No. 3354 state of new jersey 217th legislature



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c. The following projects for the development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to subsection a. of this section:




Nonprofit Organization

Project

County

Municipality

Approved Amount


Brookdale Park Conservancy, Inc.

Brookdale Park Improvement Project


Essex

Bloomfield Twp

Montclair Twp



$250,000

Camden Special Services District

North Camden Waterfront Park III


Camden

Camden City

250,000

Congregation Ahavas Sholom


Lincoln Avenue Schoolyard Improvements


Essex

Newark City

250,000

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership


N. Camden Waterfront Park II


Camden

Camden City

250,000

Essex County Parks Foundation


Multi-park Improvements

Essex

Newark City

250,000

Friends of Passaic County Parks


Goffle Brook Park Improvements


Passaic

Hawthorne Boro

200,000

Isles, Inc.

Calhoun St. Park Renovation


Mercer

Trenton City

250,000

Passaic River Rowing Association

Passaic River Rowing Association Boathouse


Bergen

Lyndhurst Twp

North Arlington Boro



250,000

United Community Corporation


West Side Park Improvements

Essex

Newark City

250,000

Zoological Society of NJ

TBZ Penguin Exhibit


Essex

West Orange Twp

250,000

TOTAL___________$2,450,000'>TOTAL










$2,450,000

d. The following stewardship activity projects are eligible for funding with the moneys appropriated pursuant to subsection a. of this section:




Nonprofit Organization

Project

County

Municipality

Approved Amount


African American Fund of NJ

Ambrose Ward Mansion Grounds Renovation


Essex

East Orange City

$250,000

Friends of Passaic County Parks

Garret Mountain Deer Fence


Passaic

Paterson City

Woodland Park Boro



88,500

Friends of Princeton Open Space


Billy Johnson Nature Preserve Restoration


Mercer

Princeton Boro

50,000

Harding Land Trust


Primrose Farm Restoration


Morris

Harding Twp

54,525

Musconetcong Watershed Association


Musconetcong Island Access Project

Hunterdon

Franklin Twp

52,453

New Jersey Conservation Foundation


Preserve Improvements


Mercer
Ocean

Hopewell Twp
Lacey Twp

Ocean Twp




100,020

Tewksbury Land Trust

Fox Hill Stewardship Project


Hunterdon

Tewksbury Twp

98,150

The Land Conservancy of New Jersey

Wildflower Meadow Restoration


Morris

Mount Olive Twp

54,250

TOTAL










$747,898

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

f. To the extent that moneys remain available after the projects listed in subsection b., c., or d. of this section are offered funding pursuant thereto, any project of a qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organization 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 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.

g. There is reappropriated to the Department of Environmental Protection the unexpended balances, due to project withdrawals, cancellations, or cost savings, of the amounts appropriated or reappropriated from any Green Acres bond act, any annual appropriations act, or the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund to assist qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for the purposes of: (1) this section; and (2) providing additional funding, as determined by the Department of Environmental Protection, to any project of a qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organization 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, 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.

h. For the purposes of this section:

“Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” means the fund established pursuant to section 19 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-19).

“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, P.L.1989, c.183, P.L.1987, c.265, and P.L.1983, c.354.

“Preserve New Jersey Green Acres Fund” means the fund established pursuant to section 6 of the “Preserve New Jersey Act,” P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-48).

“Stewardship activity” means the same as the term is defined in section 3 of the “Preserve New Jersey Act,” P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-45).
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), an amount determined by the State Treasurer to be necessary to implement the provisions of section 1 of this act.
3. This act shall take effect immediately.

STATEMENT


The bill appropriates $8,992,898 to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide grants to various nonprofit entities to acquire or develop lands for recreation and conservation purposes.

Of the total appropriated: $6,758,000 is from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax (CBT) revenues; $1,244,665 is made available due to project cancellations and withdrawals; and $990,233 is made available from interest earnings. The amounts made available due to project cancellations and withdrawals and interest earnings are from balances in the “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” and various Green Acres funds established pursuant to Green Acres bond acts. Of the amount appropriated by the bill: $5,795,000 is allocated for acquisition projects; $2,450,000 is allocated for park development projects; and $747,898 is allocated for stewardship activity projects.

The CBT revenues appropriated in this bill are provided from constitutionally dedicated 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.2016, c.10 (i.e., the FY2017 annual appropriations act).

The “Preserve New Jersey Act,” P.L.2016, c.12 (C.13:8C-43 et seq.), 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 act provides that of the 60 percent of dedicated CBT revenues allocated each year for the Green Acres program: 55 percent is to be used for State open space acquisition and development projects; 38 percent is to be used for grants and loans to fund local government open space acquisition and development projects; and 7 percent is to be used for grants to fund open space acquisition and development projects undertaken by qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations. Further, of the allocated funding for open space acquisition and development projects by qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations, 11 percent is to be used to fund stewardship activities. “Stewardship activity” is defined in the act as an activity, which is beyond routine operations and maintenance, undertaken to repair or restore lands acquired or developed for recreation and conservation purposes for the purpose of enhancing or protecting those lands for recreation and conservation purposes.

The “Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund” was established by the “Garden State Preservation Trust Act,” and “Green Acres funds” refers to various funds created pursuant to Green Acres bond acts.

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



The bill also would allow the DEP to re-distribute certain other moneys, which have been returned to the department due to project withdrawals, cancellations, or cost savings, for the purpose of providing additional funding, for recreation and conservation purposes, to previously approved and funded projects of nonprofit entities, subject to the approval of the Joint Budget Oversight Committee. This additional funding, if provided from a Green Acres bond act, may include administrative costs.

(Sponsorship Updated As Of: 6/30/2017)


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