Bill That Preserves Open Space Should Be Supported

A letter to the editor by Maggie McIntosh, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, entitled Bill Preserves Open Space.

“Since the program’s inception in 1969, the transfer tax has generated millions of dollars annually that has supported many of this state’s greatest land acquisitions, public parks and playgrounds, and farmland conservation. It is so popular that a 2016 poll revealed that 87 percent of the citizens of Maryland support Program Open Space, and 73 percent want the funds to be used only for its intent.

Unfortunately, since Program Open Space was established, its revenues have been diverted to help balance the budget and address other critical shortfalls. In fact, well over $1 billion has been taken from the program and has never been replenished. That should not continue.”