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Disagreement persists on how to fund open space

12-6-13

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The disagreement continues over how to fund future open space purchases in New Jersey.

Sen. Bob Smith, who heads the Senate Environmental Committee, introduced a resolution Thursday that would provide funding for 30 years by dedicating a portion of sales tax revenue already collected.

The resolution would ask voters to change the constitution to direct a maximum of $200 million a year to acquire open space.

The proposal caps the amount to address the concerns of some lawmakers.

A resolution introduced last week in the Assembly would ask voters to approve $200 million in borrowing for open space.

Advocates of this approach say it would give lawmakers more time to identify a long-term funding source.

New Jersey is out of money for open space purchases.