Only 17 properties in Southold Town would currently qualify for an exemption to the 2-percent land transfer tax that funds the Community Preservation Fund, according to an analysis done for the town by assistant town attorney Damon Hagan. The exemption was passed in 2014 for first-time homebuyers to help low and moderate-income residents purchase their first home. READ
Local environmentalists are thanking voters for their overwhelming approval of the Community Preservation Fund, a proposition that was approved Tuesday by wide margins in each of the five East End towns.
The Nov. 8 ballot won’t just be about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
There are also races for Congress, State Senate and Assembly, a proposition to extend the Community Preservation Fund, and more.
This Election Day, voters on the North Fork can take a huge step to improve water quality and preserve open space and farmland. Since 1999, the Community Preservation Fund has raised over $1 billion for land and historic preservation in East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold, which cover 40 percent of Suffolk County’s land.
This November, voters in the five East End towns will have the unique opportunity to vote on a ballot measure that could generate $20 million annually to reduce nitrogen in our waterways.
After deciding between Trump and Clinton, remember to flip the ballot on Election Day. READ
Nearly 21 acres in Orient will be protected from development in perpetuity after the Peconic Land Trust recently partnered with Southold Town to purchase the land — and the development rights that go with it — from a longtime farming family. READ
The first six months of the year have been profitable for the Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund, according to elected officials. A large part of that boost was thanks to Southold Town. READ
The Peconic Bay Community Preservation Fund has never been just about protecting agriculture, farms and open space. At its heart, the program, which took effect in 1999, has always been about protecting a way of life the rest of Long Island lost long ago to intense — and ongoing — suburban sprawl that began after World War II. (more…)
Children fish from a beach along Peconic Bay in Southold, near the Living Waters neighborhood. (Caption: Barbaraellen Koch file photo)
On April 2, East Enders will celebrate an important milestone: The Community Preservation Fund will have generated over $1 billion and preserved more than 10,000 acres of open space and farmland. Approved by voters in 1999, the CPF uses a small tax on real estate purchases to preserve land and protect drinking water.
It is arguably the most successful land preservation program in the country. (more…)