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Hillsborough residents might vote on extending land-buying program

TAMPA — It looks increasingly likely that Hillsborough County voters will have another ballot question in November.

This one would ask whether they support extending the county's environmental lands purchasing program. If approved, it would let the county buy up to $200-million worth of land.

Commissioners unanimously agreed to hold a public hearing next month on whether to ask voters if they would extend the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Purchasing Program, known as ELAPP.

Voters agreed to create the program in 1992, freeing the county to buy up to $100-million worth of land over 20 years, using a capped set-aside of property taxes.

With the program set to expire, supporters of the program have been seeking to have commissioners agree to ask voters if they want to extend it. The program has preserved about 46,000 acres for posterity.

Commissioner Brian Blair objected to the proposed doubling of the amount.

Hillsborough residents might vote on extending land-buying program 06/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 12:31pm]
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