Polls are now open and voters are heading out to vote in the Gubernatorial election and numerous local elections, but there are also two questions on the ballot ....

How do YOU feel about the two up for vote?

The State Division of Elections Posted Both Public Questions ....

Question #1
NEW JERSEY LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION BOND ACT
Do you approve the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act”? This bond act
authorizes the State to issue bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $125 million.
The proceeds of the bonds will be used to provide grants to public libraries. The grants
will be used to build, equip, and expand public libraries to increase capacity and serve
the public.
INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT
Approval of this bond act will allow the State to sell$125 million in State general
obligation bonds. Proceeds from the bonds will be used to provide grants to construct,
expand, and equip public libraries. Municipalities or counties that fund public libraries
will match the grant amount. The municipality or county may solicit private funding to
support its match. The State Librarian, in consultation with the President of Thomas
Edison State University, will set eligibility criteria for the grants.
Question #2
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DEDICATING MONEYS FROM STATE ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION CASES
Do you approve amending the Constitution to dedicate all moneys collected by the
State relating to natural resource damages in cases of contamination of the
environment? The moneys would have to be used to repair, restore, replace, or preserve
the State’s natural resources. The moneys may also be used to pay legal or other costs
incurred by the State in pursuing its claims.
INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT
This amendment would dedicate moneys collected by the State relating to natural
resource damages through settlements or awards for legal claims based on
environmental contamination. These moneys would be dedicated to repair, replace, or
restore damaged natural resources, or to preserve the State’s natural resources. The
moneys would be spent in an area as close as possible to the geographical area in which
the damage occurred. The moneys could also be used to pay for the State’s legal or
other costs in pursuing the claims. Currently, these moneys may be used for any State
purpose.

 

 

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