Rhode Island Open Space Bonds, Question 2 (2008)
Both bond measures were approved by voters, and the total amount is $89,715,000 ($89.715 million).
See also 2008 ballot measure election results
These results are based on the Channel 10's coverage of the election.
|Rhode Island Question 2 (2008)|
Rhode Islanders have historically voted in favor of open space, land conservation and recreation development bonds. In 2004 voters passed a $70 million Open Space, Clean Water bond, with 70.8% voting in favor. The money was used for the state’s network of land trusts, preserving 19 farms and 1,678 acres of farmland, 3,600 acres of undeveloped land from 2005 to 2007 and an additional 1,531 slated for preservation this year.
Bond Question 2 enacted the following provisions:
- Authorized the Rhode Island state government to borrow $2,500,000.
- With the money, provided funds to "purchase, or otherwise permanently protect through the purchase of title to, development rights, conservation easements and public recreation easements, greenways and other open space, recreation lands, agriculture lands, forested lands and state parks."
- Governor Don Carcieri
- R.I. Land Trust Council
- Representative Donna Walsh, D-District 36
- The Nature Conservancy
Arguments in Support
Arguments made in support of the measure included:
- The cost to taxpayers will be about 25 cents per resident per year, a small price to pay for essential seed money that the state can’t afford to lose.
- If the measure fails it means the loss of upwards of $10 million in matching federal funds and grant money, stalling the land conservation movement in the Rhode Island.
- If the lands in question are sold for development, the cost to taxpayers in additional services would be much higher than the modest amount needed to ensure their preservation as agricultural land.
- The Providence Journal
Arguments in Opposition
Arguments made in opposition to the measure included:
- Given the current economic climate, taking on debt to pay for nonessentials must be put off by a state that has been in fiscal crisis for a year already.
- The real-estate crash and credit crunch make it likely that development pressures will decline over the next couple of years.
- Rhode Island 2008 ballot measures
- List of Rhode Island ballot measures
- 2008 ballot measures
- Rhode Island statewide bond questions.
- Channel 10 News, 2008 Election Results (dead link)
- South County Independent: "Land trusts hope bond passes," Oct 16, 2008 (dead link)
- South County Independent: "EDITORIAL: Bonds deserve local support," Oct 24, 2008 (dead link)
- The Providential Gardener: "The 2008 $2.5 Million Open Space Bonds Question ~ Yes, it's a Bad Economy, But Vote YES Anyway," Oct 2008
- The Providence Journal: "Editorial: Bond issues: A yes and a no," Oct 16, 2008
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