In a record election for conservation funding, The Trust for Public Land Action Fund played a significant role in the approval of 40 ballot measure campaigns, and won 32 of them, creating over $4 billion in new funding for conservation, parks and restoration. Whether a city or county voted “red” or “blue” – most voted “green” for parks and conservation. Here some election highlights:
Los Angeles County, California voters strongly supported Measure A with a 75-25 percent margin providing $1.8 billion in new funding for parks and conservation. This measure will fund park creation, expansion and renovation in urban neighborhoods in 88 cities where green space is scarce, and will support water conservation efforts.
Boston, Massachusetts voters opted by 74-26 percent to adopt the Community Preservation Act approving a one percent surcharge on city property taxes estimated to bring the City over $20 million annually for affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks – including green infrastructure solutions to alleviate flooding.
Florida – In the Sunshine State, we won three local measures. In Alachua County, voters approved by 60-40 percent a ½ -cent sales tax for parks and protecting environmentally sensitive land bringing in $119 million over eight years. In Brevard County, voters approved by 62-38 percent a ½ -cent sales tax increase to provide $340 million over ten years for restoration of the Indian River Lagoon. And Lee County voters gave 84-16 percent approval to a straw ballot to continue the county’s Conservation 20/20 land acquisition program.
Colorado – We won a measure in Grand County where voters decided by a 60-40 percent to raise $7.5 million over ten years to protect the headwaters of the Colorado River, conserve working lands, safeguard wildlife habitat and strengthen the trail network, and Pitkin County voters approved by 70-30 percent a property tax renewal for $200 million.
Clermont County, Ohio voters supported a new property tax to fund park facilities and conservation efforts by 63-37 percent, to provide residents and visitors with new opportunities to get outside in this increasingly urbanizing community.