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  • NJ A1483
  • "Water Supply Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund Act."
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would establish a Water Supply Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund Account in the Department of the Treasury. Moneys in the fund would be derived from: (1) a water consumption user fee imposed on the owner or operator of every public community water system equal to forty cents per thousand gallons of water delivered to a consumer; and (2) a water diversion user fee imposed on every person required by law to obtain a diversion permit or a water use registration equal to forty cents per thousand gallons of water diverted for a consumptive use. The amount due from any person subject to one of these fees would not exceed $50,000 per year. The fees imposed and collected would be constitutionally dedicated for open space, farmland and historic preservation purposes. The moneys in the fund would be used to provide funding, including loans or grants, for the acquisition and development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, for the preservation of farmland for agricultural or horticultural use and production, and for historic preservation purposes, in the manner set forth and pursuant to the provisions of the "Garden State Preservation Trust Act," P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-1 et seq.). The moneys in the fund cannot be used to provide funding for any administrative costs and expenses, including but not limited to salaries, fringe and other benefits, equipment, materials, direct and indirect costs, and non-salaried administrative costs, of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the State Agriculture Development Committee, the New Jersey Historic Trust, and any other State entity incurred in connection with the implementation or administration of these programs. All available moneys in the Water Supply Open Space, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund Account must be appropriated annually solely for the following purposes: (1) 58% of the estimated annual balance of the fund would be annually appropriated to the Garden State Green Acres Preservation Trust Fund established pursuant to section 19 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-19) for use by the DEP to: (a) pay the cost of acquisition and development of lands by the State for recreation and conservation purposes; (b) provide grants and loans to assist local government units to pay the cost of acquisition and development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes; and (c) provide grants to assist qualifying tax exempt nonprofit organizations to pay the cost of acquisition and development of lands for recreation and conservation purposes; (2) 39% of the estimated annual balance of the fund would be annually appropriated to the Garden State Farmland Preservation Trust Fund established pursuant to section 20 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-20) for use by the State Agriculture Development Committee for farmland preservation purposes; and (3) 3% of the estimated annual balance of the fund would be annually appropriated to the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund established pursuant to section 21 of P.L.1999, c.152 (C.13:8C-21) for use by the New Jersey Historic Trust for historic preservation purposes. It is estimated that a surcharge equal to forty cents per thousand gallons of water would raise approximately $150,000,000 in annual revenue. Since the average residential water usage in New Jersey is 80,000 gallons of water annually, a forty cents per thousand gallons rate would cost the average household $32 per year. The water consumption and water diversion user fees imposed under this bill would expire after 20 years.
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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