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The Joys of Voting

Postby Angie on November 7th, 2007, 9:29 pm

Politic isn't usually a good topic for this site in particular, considering our BFS syndrome doesn't seem to show political or geographical favoritism, but I was so happy about voting yesterday, and the following results, that I thought I would share them wiht the group.

There is so much negativity in the political world right now, but yesterday I got to go to a voting both, have my say and I felt so empowered after that. It was a gift and a privilege. Walking away from the voting booth, I felt a great deal of pride and gratitude for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that each one of us here in the US can make our own voices heard. That may sound somewhat trite and contrived, but I am just unable to fully express in words what that experience meant to me. Here were the results that I was so proud to be a part of in my little corner of the world:

Bucks OKs open space spending
By 3-1 ratio, the $87 million proposal was on way to approval.
By Scott Kraus | Of The Morning Call
November 7, 2007
Bucks County voters appeared to speak resoundingly in favor of saving their scenic landscapes Tuesday, telling county officials to move forward with plans to borrow $87 million for a second round of open space preservation.

With about two-fifths of the vote counted, the open space plan looked like it was headed for approval by a lop-sided ratio of nearly 3-1.

Yes votes led no votes by 26,915 to 9,925 with 123 out of 308 precincts reporting.

The open space question was at the top of many voters' lists of reasons for coming out to vote in a the low-profile, off-year election.

Most appeared to share the opinion of Dublin's Jennifer Berg, who voted yes on the ballot question.

''Bucks County has had astronomical population growth,'' said Berg, 31, outside her polling place Tuesday afternoon. ''Farmland and natural areas are getting eaten up.''

Some other voters, apparently in the minority, said they didn't think the open space money was being used wisely.

Wayne Wexler, 41, of Hilltown Township said he thinks there is little public benefit to open space expenditures, especially when land is preserved without public access.

''I'm not a believer in what they are doing with the money,'' Wexler said. ''I don't see the benefit.''

Bucks County officials plan to borrow the money in installments, reaching the full $87 million around 2014.

A decade ago, voters approved the county's first $59 million open space program by a margin of more than 2-1, resulting in the preservation of roughly 15,000 acres over the program's first 10 years.

The newly approved spending will allow Bucks County to continue preserving farmland, natural areas and park land throughout the next decade.

It is expected to cost the average taxpayer roughly $10 in 2008, rising to $30 a year in 2014.

Leading up to the vote, a nonpartisan group led by former U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, former county commissioner Andy Warren and Judge William Hart Rufe, formed to promote the initiative.

''The alternate is to permit the county to become overdeveloped, congested, paved over, all of which will require additional government investment in schools and emergency services, trash collection and schools,'' Fitzpatrick said.

The group lined up a long list of municipal officials, business organizations and environmental advocates as supporters of the ballot initiative under the banner: Save Bucks County.

The money will be split up this way: $26 million for municipal grants, $25 million for farmland preservation, $19 million for parks, $11 million for natural areas and $7 million for Delaware riverfront."

After having grown up in the Chicago area and seeing every farm, wetland and natural area swallowed up by developement, it is very exciting to see preventative menasures being taken in PA to make sure that doesn't happen here. We have to look toward the future. Encouraging news. :D

Angie
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Postby danjanahannah on November 8th, 2007, 11:06 am

well, glad to see voting went your way...as for bucks county, we love sesame place!!!!
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Postby Angie on November 8th, 2007, 2:05 pm

We had a season pass there this summer! Glad you enjoyed it. Bucks County PA and the surrounding area is beautiful and full of American history for anyone interested in visiting. :D
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