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[TPL] – Voters across the nation approved local and state ballot measures providing hundreds of millions of dollars for land conservation, parks, and restoration, The Trust for Public Land announced. Many of the ballot measures called for tax increases or bonds.

There were more than eighty local protection measures on the ballot and it appears the majority passed, said Will Rogers, President of The Trust for Public Land.

“Tonight, we saw again that while American voters are divided on many issues, parks and natural areas are an issue that we can all agree on.  Whether they were voting for ‘red’ or ‘blue’ candidates, voters are ‘green’ – they want local parks and close-to-home places for recreation and they’re willing to pay for them.”

In early returns, 13 of 18 measures on the ballot have been approved by voters, a passage rate of 72 percent.  A list of ballot measures with results so far is attached.

Earlier in 2016, 14 of 17 park and land conservation ballot measures passed, creating $3.3 billion for parks and open space.

“This approval rate isn’t surprising, since over the past 20 years, we’ve consistently seen that more than 75 percent of local and state conservation ballot measures are approved, often by landslide margins,” said Rogers, whose organization is the national leader in helping cities, counties, and states pass  funding measures for parks and land conservation.

* One major victory Tuesday came in Boston, where voters opted by a 64 percent to 36 percent to join Massachusetts’ Community Preservation Act, a statewide program which provides matching funds for local parks and open space, affordable housing, and historic preservation.  Boston voters approved a 1 percent surcharge on city property taxes that is estimated to raise $20 million annually.  Boston voters overwhelming voted for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for U.S. President.

Voters in Florida, Ohio, and Colorado showed their support for parks and conservation, approving ballot measures regardless of the choice for President.

* Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, overwhelmingly carried Lee County and Brevard County, Florida.  On the same ballot Lee County (84-16% and Brevard County (62-38%) voters approved  measures to provide funding for land conservation and restoration.

* In Alachua County, Florida, voter picked Hillary Clinton for President and also approved a ½-cent sales tax for parks and protecting environmentally sensitive land by 60-40%.

* Donald Trump easily won voter support in metro Cincinnati’s Clermont County, while voters there also overwhelmingly approved new funding for parks, by 63-37%

The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.  Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.  To support The Trust for Public Land and share why nature matters to you, visit www.tpl.org.

ST.

Jurisdiction

Money

Source

Funds

at Stake

%Y

%N

AZ

Peoria

Sales tax

$114,962,200

CA

Los Angeles County

Parcel tax

$1.89 Bil.

CA

Monterey Peninsula

Regional Park Dist.

Parcel tax

$24 Mil.

CA

MRCA (FF)

Parcel tax

$2,892,000

CA

MRCA (GG)

Parcel tax

$11,940,000

CA

Napa County OS Dist.

Sales tax

$112 Mil.

CA

Oakland

Bond

$35 Mil.

CA

San Diego County

Sales tax

$2 Bil.

CA

Sonoma County

Sales tax

$100 Mil.

CO

Basalt

Bond

$3.8 Mil.

CO

Boulder County

Sales tax

$56.25 Mil.

CO

Eagle County

Prop. tax

$67.5 Mil.

CO

Grand County

Sales tax

$7.5 Mil.

CO

Pitkin County

Prop. tax

$200 Mil.

CT

Glastonbury

Bond

$3 Mil.

CT

Manchester

Bond

$4 Mil.

CT

Watertown

Bond

$550,000

CT

Wolcott

Bond

$325,000

FL

Alachua County

Sales tax

$119.2 Mil.

60%

40%

FL

Brevard County

Sales tax

$340 Mil.

62%

38%

FL

Lee County

Prop. tax

N/A   

84%

16%

GA

Johns Creek

Bond

$40 Mil.

GA

Milton

Bond

$25 Mil.

IA

Linn County

Bond

$40 Mil.

MA

Amesbury

Prop. tax

$1,695,638

41%

59%

MA

Billerica

Prop. tax

$5,241,911

MA

Boston

Prop. tax

$133,333,333

64%

36%

MA

Chelsea

Prop. tax

$3,718,496

66%

34%

MA

Danvers

Prop. tax

$5,435,866

MA

East Bridgewater

Prop. tax

$1,844,444

40%

60%

MA

Holyoke

Prop. tax

$3,072,132

56%

44%

MA

Hull

Prop. tax

$2,569,535

MA

Norwood

Prop. tax

$3,619,381

61%

39%

MA

Palmer

Prop. tax

$841,079

MA

Pittsfield

Prop. tax

$2,557,417

63%

37%

MA

Rockland

Prop. tax

$2,203,666

MA

South Hadley

Prop. tax

$1,442,294

48%

52%

MA

Springfield

Prop. tax

$7,062,014

MA

Watertown

Prop. tax

$12,726,335

MA

Wrentham

Prop. tax

$1,563,544

68%

32%

MD

Baltimore County

Bond

$2 Mil.

MO

Missouri

Sales tax

$780 Mil.

NC

Asheville

Bond

$17 Mil.

NC

Charlotte

Bond

$25 Mil.

NJ

Beach Haven

Borough

Prop. tax

$3,343,331

48%

52%

NJ

Colts Neck

Township

Prop. tax

$14 Mil.

NJ

East Amwell

Township

Other

N/A   

NJ

Fanwood Borough

Prop. tax

$456,976

NJ

Haddonfield

Borough

Prop. tax

$2.4 Mil.

NJ

Harvey Cedars

Prop. tax

$2.4 Mil.

52%

48%

NJ

Jersey City

Prop. tax

$24 Mil.

NJ

Northvale Borough

Prop. tax

$415,000

NJ

Oldmans Township

Prop. tax

$466,233

NJ

Park Ridge

Borough

Prop. tax

$561,955

NJ

Robbinsville

Township

Prop. tax

$7,316,017

NJ

Secaucus

Prop. tax

$5,113,236

NJ

Teaneck Township

Prop. tax

$2,008,445

NJ

Tenafly Borough

Prop. tax

$3.9 Mil.

NJ

Union County

Prop. tax

$70,391,880

NJ

Washington

Borough

Prop. tax

$371,205

NJ

Wyckoff Township

Prop. tax

$1,155,225

NY

East Hampton

RE trans. tax

$464 Mil.

NY

Riverhead

RE trans. tax

$59.2 Mil.

NY

Shelter Island

RE trans. tax

$32 Mil.

NY

Southampton

RE trans. tax

$960 Mil.

NY

Southold

RE trans. tax

$100.8 Mil.

OH

Clermont County

Park Dist.

Prop. tax

$21,285,570

63%

37%

OH

Columbus

Bond

$110 Mil.

OH

Granville Township

Prop. tax

$1,599,050

OH

Great Parks of

Hamilton Co.

Prop. tax

$183,483,760

OR

Portland Metro

Prop. tax

$80.7 Mil.

PA

Lower Moreland

Township

Income tax

$16 Mil.

PA

Lower Saucon

Township

Income tax

$5 Mil.

PA

Newlin Township

Prop. tax

$380,000

PA

Richland Township

Income tax

$1.6 Mil.

PA

Smithfield Township

Bond

$2 Mil.

PA

Upper Milford

Township

Income tax

$7.2 Mil.

RI

Rhode Island

Bond

$22 Mil.

SC

Charleston County

Sales tax

$210 Mil.

UT

Lehi

Bond

$50 Mil.

UT

Park City

Bond

$25 Mil.

VA

Arlington County

Bond

$19.31 Mil.

VA

Fairfax County

Bond

$107 Mil.

WA

Bellingham

Prop. tax

$10.56 Mil.

WA

Eastmont

Metropolitan

Park Dist.

Bond

$4 Mil.

WA

Mason County

Metropolitan

Parks Dist.

Prop. tax

$24 Mil.

Total at Stake: 

$8,866,264,168

 

*This list contains measures with at least some funding for parks and open space protection. For more information, visit LandVote.org

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