Gov. Corzine Signs Bill Appropriating Final GSPT Funds
This morning, Governor Corzine signed the appropriations bill for the last of the current Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT) funds. The GSPT is the state funding mecahnism for historic preservation, as well as open space and farmland conservation. This program includes funding for the New Jersey Historic Trust preservation grants, which fund hundereds of
throusands of dollars worth of planning and bricks-and-mortar preservation projects througouht the state anually. While this morning’s signing ensured funding for another round of these imperative grants, this is the last round of funding currently available. In November, New Jersey voters will have the opportunity to decide whether $400 million in state bonding is passed to refund the GSPT for the next three years. If this bond measure is not approved, today’s appropriations will constitute the final round of GSPT funding for several years.
Preservation New Jersey listed the Garden State Preservation Trust as one of the state’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Sites for 2009. Won’t you help us get the word out about this and other imperative issues by making a contribution?