2018 conservation ballot measures

At The Trust for Public Land, we help local communities design and pass ballot measures that create new public funds for parks and land conservation. Here are upcoming conservation measures on the ballot in 2018.

 


Location Election Date Title Description
Arizona (back to top)
City of Tucson November 6, 2018 Proposition 407: Parks and Connections Bond 2018 The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider approving a $225 million general obligation bond for capital improvements. If approved, the measure will create a dedicated funding source for playgrounds, sports fields, pools and splashpads, recreation centers, and bike and pedestrian paths. We urge Tucson voters to vote YES on Proposition 407 this November.

Register to Vote:
https://azsos.gov/elections/voting-election/
register-vote-or-update-your-current-voter-information

Deadline: October 9, 2018

Campaign website:
https://www.tucsonaz.gov/parksbond

Colorado (back to top)
City and County of Denver November 6, 2018 Yes on 2A: Healthy Parks and Rivers for Everyone Denver’s parks, trails, and open space are a defining feature of life for this active city on the doorstep of the Rocky Mountains. But the longer the city waits to restore and maintain its recreation resources, the more it will cost taxpayers in the long run. And it’s especially important now, as Denver’s population grows faster than almost any other major city in the country. The time to plan for smart, healthy growth is now. That’s why we’re urging Denver voters to vote YES on a quarter-cent sales and use tax. The measure could generate nearly $46 million for parks and open space, just in its first year.

Register to Vote:
http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/VoterHome.html

Deadline: November 6, 2018

Campaign website:
https://yesfordenverparks.org/

Florida (back to top)
Sarasota County November 6, 2018 Sarasota County General Obligation Bonds for Legacy Trail Extension with Enhanced Safety and Connections This bond referendum will generate funds to acquire and develop an eight-mile extension of Sarasota County's popular Legacy Trail. Since it opened in 2008, the trail—an 11-mile path converted from an old railroad bed—has become a mainstay for walkers, runners, and cyclists, attracting 200,000 visitors annually. If approved, the bond referendum would also help improve trail connections from North Port through Venice to downtown Sarasota. The measure will also fund much-needed improvements along the entire route, including elevated overpasses at busy intersections.

Register to Vote:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/
voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/

Deadline: October 9, 2018

Campaign website(s):
https://www.ExtendTheLegacyTrail.com
https://www.sarasotadems.org/2018/08/14/legacy-trail-resolution/

City of Doral
(Miami-Dade County)
November 6, 2018 Doral Parks for Tomorrow: General Obligation Bonds Referendum for Parks, Natural Areas, and Recreational Facilities Doral is a beautiful, active, family-friendly city in the heart of Miami-Dade County. This election season, voters will take up the Parks for Tomorrow referendum. If it passes, the 30-year, $150 million bond will fund five miles of new trails, green spaces, sports fields, playgrounds, an aquatic facility, and cultural amenities. Local parks where families gather and play would see much-needed upgrades , and the 82-acre Dora Central Park will be improved.

Register to Vote:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/
voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/

Deadline: October 9, 2018

Campaign website:
https://www.DoralParksBond.org

City of New Smyrna Beach
(Volusia County, near Daytona)
November 6, 2018 Turnbull Creek Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat, and Natural Areas Protection Bond The city of New Smyrna Beach on Florida’s Atlantic Coast is experiencing a wave of development and population growth, and residents are advocating for more parks funding to keep up with the increased demand. The city has an opportunity to purchase a property along Turnbull Creek that’s currently slated for residential development and conserve it as a nature park instead—and they’re voting in November on a $15 million bond to fund the project, which will protect clean water by preventing pollution in local creeks and rivers, and ultimately the Atlantic Coast.

Register to Vote:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/
voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/

Deadline: October 9, 2018

Campaign website:
http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180818/
nsb-will-ask-voters-to-borrow-15m-for-turnbull-preservation

City of Cape Coral
(Lee County, near Ft. Myers)
November 6, 2018 Cape Coral General Obligation Bonds for Parks, Wildlife Habitat, and Shoreline Protection and Recreational Facilities In the 1970s, the founders of Cape Coral—a master planned community on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Mexico—laid out a series of beautiful canals throughout the town, but established relatively few parks and open spaces. Today, Cape Coral residents are looking to bring their park system up to date, investing in parks, natural areas, recreation centers, trails, boat ramps, piers, and swimming and fishing spots, while creating wildlife habitat. In November, residents will vote on a $60 million, 15-year bond to make it possible.

Register to Vote:
https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/for-voters/
voter-registration/register-to-vote-or-update-your-information/

Deadline: October 9, 2018

Campaign website:
http://www.capecoral.net/department/
parks_and_recreationhome/parks_master_plan_2016.php

Georgia (back to top)
Statewide November 6, 2018 Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act The Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Act will protect Georgia's water, land, and wildlife for future generations—without raising taxes. A state constitutional amendment, the Stewardship Act dedicates a portion of the existing sales and use tax on outdoor sporting goods to land conservation and parks for 10 years. Funding from the Stewardship Act would protect forests, wildlife habitat, and land critical to clean drinking water. Funding would also be used to acquire and improve parks and trails in communities throughout the state—as well as to protect and maintain state parks and wildlife areas. Strict accountability provisions, including full public disclosure of all expenditures, will ensure funds are properly spent.

Register to Vote:
https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Deadline: October 9, 2018

Campaign website:
https://georgiaoutdoorstewardship.org

Minnesota (back to top)
Brooklyn Park November 6, 2018 Brooklyn Park Natural Resource Protection and Park Bond Brooklyn Park’s population is booming—and residents are calling for more parks and better trails to keep pace. In November, voters will have the chance to approve a $26 million bond to fund the parks investments the city needs to stay green and healthy as it grows. If it passes, the measure will generate funds to protect land and water; improve large neighborhood parks and recreational facilities; develop the trail network, and build and maintain special use facilities for seniors and families.

Register to Vote:
http://vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/REGISTER

Deadline: October 16, 2018

Campaign website:
https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
register-to-vote

Montana (back to top)
City and County of Missoula November 6, 2018 Vote YES for Open Space, Rivers and Farmlands Missoula County residents are proud of their tradition of protecting and caring for open space, water, and farmland. In 2006, voters passed a much-needed open space bond. Today, those funds are depleted, and residents know there is work to be done, land to protect, and farms to preserve. In November, voters countywide have the chance to approve a bond creating $15 million for conservation funding. In the city of Missoula, voters will also decide on an annual $500,000 levy for park stewardship. These much-needed funds will ensure Missoula can maintain its commitment to open space conservation far into the future.

Register to Vote:
https://sosmt.gov/elections/vote/

Deadline: October 7, 2018

Campaign website:
https://www.YesForOpenSpace.org

South Carolina (back to top)
Beaufort County November 6, 2018 General Obligation Bonds, not to Exceed $25,000,000 for Land Preservation to Protect Natural Land, Farmland, and Water Quality The Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands program of has completed 112 land protection projects, preserving over 23,900 acres of land for conservation, parks, buffers, and scenic vistas. Since 1998, Beaufort County voters have approved four successive bond referendums to fund the Rural and Critical Lands program. Voters overwhelmingly supported the passage of these bonds with an average of 71 percent approval rate, approving $135 million for conservation. This November, Beaufort County voters will vote on whether to extend that funding with a $25 million bond to protect clean water, beaches, creeks and rivers, wildlife habitat, and coasts.

Register to Vote:
https://www.scvotes.org/south-carolina-voter-
registration-information

Deadline: October 7, 2018

Campaign website:
https://beaufortconservationdistrict.org/

Texas (back to top)
City of Austin November 6, 2018 Austin City's Park System Austin’s population has been growing rapidly—but its budget for parks hasn’t kept pace. Today, the park system is in dire need of investment, and voters will have the chance to approve two key bonds at the polls this November. They’ll be decided a $149 million bond for parks and recreation, with emphasis on creating parks where they’re needed most. Austin voters will also decide on a $184 million bond for flood mitigation and open space.

Register to Vote:
https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/

Deadline: October 9, 2018

Campaign website:
https://westcave.org/newsletter-articles/city-of-austin-2018-
bond-election-ensuring-parks-are-a-priority-for-investment