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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 9, 2019 10:25 AM
From: Representative Jack Rader, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: Open Space Land Maintenance
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that will allow communities to better maintain municipal owned lands used for parks and recreation purposes for residents. Under this proposed legislation, municipalities will be able to use the 25% of funds currently earmarked for maintenance and development under the “open space tax,” regardless of the method of acquisition or purchase of land serving an “open space benefit.”

Under current law, municipal property that serves an open space benefit but was not purchased under the auspices of the Open Space Air Act, cannot be developed or maintained using open space funds.
My legislation would close this gap in the law by allowing municipalities to properly maintain open space land regardless of the manner in which the land was acquired.

I hope you will join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

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Introduced as HB908