Time is Running Out for Funding for Open Space, Farmland, and Stewardship (HB 5254)

Conservation Advocates
Urgent Action Alert!
HB 5254 is in trouble!
 
TAKE ACTION | Today!
 
Send a simple message to the Environment Committee:
Raise HB 5254 for a vote!
 
 
HB 5254 is in trouble. Despite overwhelmingly positive testimony at the February 4 public hearing, to date the Environment Committee has not raised the bill for a vote.
 
Time is of the essence. If the Committee does not vote on the bill next week (the week of March 25), it will die.
WE NEED YOUR HELP ASAP IN ENSURING HB 5254 GETS A VOTE!
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS TODAY!
 
 
 
Sample Email
 
Dear Members of the Environment Committee:
 
I am writing to ask you to raise HB 5254 for a vote, and to vote yes on the bill.
 
HB 5254 gives a pilot group of towns the option to adopt a buyer's conveyance fee program to fund open space and farmland preservation, and undertake other local environmental projects, such as invasive species control, trail maintenance, and brownfields remediation.
 
The legislation only applies to towns that ask to be included; it costs the state nothing; and the program has proven successful in other states. 
 
With the state budget crisis threatening to reduce municipal aid even further, there has never been a better time to give towns the option to establish this local funding program.
 
Please raise HB5254 for a vote this year!
 
Sincerely,
Your name/land trust/other organization
 
 
 
Thank you for taking action!
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy
 
Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director
 
P.S. HB 5254 deserves a vote!
Other states allow this option and it has been very successful. It's time for Connecticut to follow suit!
Please let the Environment Committee know that it is important to you that they raise HB 5254 for a vote.
 
Connecticut Land ConservationCouncil
deKoven House
27 Washington Street
860-614-8537
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