2002 - Volume 33, Issue 1
Proposition 40 Passes!
On March 5, California voters passed overwhelmingly, Proposition 40, the historic $2.6 billion "Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection" bond measure to protect important open spaces throughout the state.
More than 56% of those residents voting approved the bond, one of the largest conservation funding measures ever passed by a state.
Proposition 40 will fund many priority conservation needs, including:
- local parks ($832 million)
- state conservancies ($445 million)
- water resources protection ($375 million)
- wildlife conservation ($300 million)
- historical and cultural resources ($267 million), and
- working farmland ($75 million).
Prop 40 enacts tough new accountability standards including independent annual audits, public hearings and citizen reviews to ensure all funds are spent as voters intended. Prop 40 will be paid for entirely out of existing general fund revenues and does not include any new taxes or tax increases.
How This Helps Historical & Cultural Resources Preservation
The bond act contains the finding that California's historical legacy also requires active protection, restoration, and interpretation to preserve and pass on an understanding and appreciation of the diverse cultural influences and extraordinary human accomplishments that have contributed to the unique development of California.
It makes $267 million available for appropriation by the legislature and grants for the acquisition, restoration, preservation, and interpretation of buildings, structures, sites, places and artifacts that preserve and demonstrate culturally California's historical and cultural resources.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those which preserve and demonstrate the following:
- Culturally significant aspects of life during various periods of California history including architecture, economic activities, art, recreation, and transportation.
- Unique identifiable ethnic and other communities that have added significant elements to California's culture.
- California industrial, commercial, and military history including the industries, technologies, and commercial activities that have characterized California's economic expansion and California's contribution to national defense.
- Important paleontologic, oceanographic, and geologic sites and specimens.
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