Rhode Island Environmental Management Bonds, Question 1 (2000)

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Rhode Island Question 1, also known as Environmental Management Bonds ($34,000,000), was on the November 7, 2000 election ballot in Rhode Island, where it was approved. Approveda Question 1 was a legislatively-referred bond issue.

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 252,364 73.4%
No91,56626.6%

Voter guide

The following language appeared in the Rhode Island Voter Information Handbook:[1]

Summary from the Voter Information Handbook: Approval and issuance of these bonds will provide funds to the Department of Environmental Management for the purchase of land, development rights, and easements to protect the State of Rhode Island's natural and recreational resources. The bond funds will be used for the acquisition of fee title to land, acquisition of conservation easements for open space preservation and ground water protection, and for the purchase of development rights by the Agricultural Land Preservation Commission to preserve farmland throughout the State. Approval and issuance of these bonds will also provide funds for the development and promotion of public recreational facilities throughout the State.

How much money will be borrowed? $34,000,000

How will the money be spent?

$23,500,000 would be allocated as follows: $10,800,000 would be used by the Department of Environmental Management to purchase or otherwise permanently protect through the purchase of fee title, development rights, conservation easements and public recreation easements, greenways and other open space, recreation lands, agricultural lands, forested lands and State parks, consistent with the "Greenways, Greenspace" element of the State Guide Plan and the Department of Environmental Management Land Protection Plan and for the purchase of development rights by the Agricultural Land Preservation Commission to preserve farmland throughout the State.

$1,300,000 would be used by the Rhode Island Water Resources Board for acquisition of land through the purchase of fee title, development rights, and conservation easements for the protection of public drinking water supplies.

Up to $11,400,000 of the funds shall be awarded by the Director of the Department of Environmental Management to communities and local land trusts, conservation commissions and other environmental non-profit organizations to provide matching funds for purposes which include, but are not limited to, acquisitions of fee title to land, easements and development rights on land consistent with the State Guide Plan and Local Comprehensive Plans.

"Fee title" to land is absolute and unconditional ownership of land without any limitations or conditions.

"Development rights," "conservation easements" and "public recreation easements" are restrictions on the use of land that protect the State's natural and recreational resources while permitting the owner of the area to retain ownership of the property.

The purchase of land, development rights and easements would be consistent with the "Greenways and Greenspace for Rhode Island's Future" [November 1994 element] (the "Greenways Element") of the State Guide Plan and the Department of Environmental Management Land Protection Plan.

A total of $10,500,000 would be allocated as follows: $9,000,000 would be used for the design, development, expansion and renovation of new or existing public recreational facilities and parks. Up to $3,000,000 of these funds shall be available for the development and/or renovation of State public recreational facilities. An amount not to exceed $6,000,000 shall be available to municipalities to provide grants on a matching basis, with $1,000,000 allocated for Distressed Community Grants and $5,000,000 allocated for Recreation Development Grants.

$1,500,000 would be used for improvements and renovations at Roger Williams Park.

Project Timetable: Acquisition of fee title to land, development rights and easements by the Department of Environmental Management is expected to commence in July, 2001 and be completed by June, 2006. Acquisition of fee title to land and acquisition of development rights and conservation easements by the Rhode Island Water Resources Board for public drinking water protection is expected to commence in July, 2001 and be completed in June, 2006. The program to provide matching funds to local organizations for acquisition of land, easements and development rights is expected to commence in July, 2001 and be completed by June, 2006. The program to improve public recreational facilities is expected to commence in July, 2001 and be completed in June, 2006.

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