Rhode Island Newport Environmental Management Bonds Question, Question 6 (2012)

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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Rhode Island Constitution
Referred by:Rhode Island General Assembly
Topic:Bond issues
Status:On the ballot

The Rhode Island Environmental Management Bonds Question is on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Rhode Island as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would authorize the state government to issue bonds of no more than $20,000,000 for environmental and recreational purposes.

Text of measure

Text of measure

The ballot language that voters will see on the ballot reads:[1]

Approval of this question will allow the State of Rhode Island to issue general obligation bonds, refunding bonds, and temporary notes for environmental and recreational purposes to be allotted as follows:

(a) Narragansett Bay and Watershed Restoration ……………….............................$4,000,000 Provides funds for activities to restore and protect the water quality and enhance the economic viability and environmental sustainability of Narragansett Bay and the State’s watersheds. Eligible activities include: nonpoint source pollution abatement, including stormwater management; nutrient loading abatement; commercial, industrial and agricultural pollution abatement; and riparian buffer and watershed ecosystem restoration.

(b) State Land Acquisition - Open Space ………………............................................$2,500,000 Provides funds for the purchase of land, development rights and conservation easements in Rhode Island. This program acquires recreational and open space lands for the State of Rhode Island in accordance with the Rhode Island Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, Land Protection Plan, and the Rhode Island Greenspace 2000 plan.

(c) Farmland Development Rights ……………………….............................………..$4,500,000 Provides funds for the purchase of agricultural development rights to active farms in Rhode Island. The State purchases the development rights to farms to eliminate the economic pressure on farmers to sell properties for residential and commercial development. The Agricultural Land Preservation Commission accepts and evaluates farmland applications for these funds.

(d) Local Land Acquisition Grants ……………………….............................……….$2,500,000 Provides funds for grants to municipalities, local land trusts and non-profit organizations to acquire fee-simple title, development rights, or conservation easements to open space in Rhode Island. The grants provide funding up to fifty percent (50%) of the purchase price for land, surveys, appraisals and title costs. The grant applications are reviewed and evaluated by the Governor’s Natural Heritage Preservation Commission according to the program guidelines.

(e) Local Recreation Grants ……………………….............................………............$5,500,000 Provides grants to municipalities for acquisition, development, or rehabilitation of local recreational facilities. These grants provide funding assistance up to fifty percent (50%) of the project costs. All grant applications are evaluated and ranked by the State Recreation Resources Review Committee.

(f) Historic/Passive Parks ………………………………………….............................$1,000,000 Provides grants to municipalities for the renovation and development of historic and passive recreation areas. The grants provide funding assistance up to ninety percent (90%) of the project costs. All grant applications are evaluated and ranked by the State Recreation Resources Review Committee.[2]

See also

References

  1. Rhode Island Secretary of State, "Voter Handbook - 2012", Retrieved September 11, 2012
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.