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Preservation New Jersey

P. O. Box 7815 | West Trenton, NJ 08628 | (609) 392-6409 | info@preservationnj.org

 

Take Action > Save NJ Historic Trust Funding



URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT – UPDATED April 1, 2015:


 

 

In November 2014, New Jersey voters overwhelming approved an amendment to the State Constitution to direct funds from the Corporate Business Tax to save open space, farmland and historic resources. 

 

Governor Christie’s proposed budget allocates $1.4 million for historic preservation grants for the 2016 fiscal year.  This funding is not adequate to address capital need requests that total $30 million in a typical grant round.

 

If you care about saving New Jersey’s historic places, Preservation New Jersey needs your voice to be heard by every legislator during the Assembly and Senate budget hearings. No capital preservation grants have been awarded in five years.  New Jersey needs at least $10 million annually in historic preservation funding.

 

We have been successful in making our message heard, but we must continue to speak out for historic preservation grants in New Jersey!

 

WHAT TO DO:

 

Write each member of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees.

Copy the letter to your district’s representatives.

Send a copy  of your letter to PNJ at info@preservationnj.org

 

Here is a sample letter that you can customize.

 

Here is a list of all the committee members.

 

Here is how to locate your representative: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp

 

Here is a printable Legislative Roster:  http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/printable_roster.pdf

 

Attend a Departmental Budget Hearing.

These hearings are different than the public hearings where the committees hear testimony from members of the general public.  At the department budget hearing, no public testimony is taken, rather the department commissioners testify about their budgetary needs.  Preservation New Jersey urges you to be present at the Senate and Assembly hearings for the Department of Community Affairs (home to the New Jersey Historic Trust) and Department of Environmental Protection (beneficiary of Corporate Business Tax funds.

 

There’s no requirement to register in advance, just show up.  PNJ will distribute “Save Historic Sites Now!” buttons for you to wear during the hearing so that our constituency is clearly recognized.    Your presence sends a message to each legislator that historic preservation matters!

 

The hearing schedule is below:

 

ASSEMBLY BUDGET COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FY 2016 BUDGET REVIEW

Held in Committee Room 11, 4th Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ.

Monday April 27, 2015 - 10:00 AM - Department of Environmental Protection

Wednesday April 29, 2015 - 10:00 AM - Department of Community Affairs

 

SENATE BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE

COMMITTEE MEETINGS FOR FY 2016 BUDGET REVIEW

Held in Committee Room 4, 1st Floor, State House Annex, Trenton, NJ

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:00 AM - Department of Environmental Protection

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 2:00 PM - Department of Community Affairs 

 

Contact Preservation New Jersey for more information at: 609-392-6409 or info@preservationnj.org

 

Here’s a PDF of the Governor’s proposal for the Corporate Business Tax Dedication.

 

The 2012 Capital Needs Survey documented capital needs of $751 million for repair, restoration and adaptive use of historic resources in every county of the state.

 

This is the full Capital Needs Survey document: http://njht.org/dca/njht/resources/