FOR USE AND MANAGEMENT OF THE
NATURAL AREAS PRESERVATION PROGRAM REVENUES
Intent: The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission, as the agency charged with implementation of the Natural Areas Preservation Program, wishes to express a set of public guidelines for the use and management of the revenues received from the dedicated tax millage.
- As provided in Section 8 of Ordinance No. 128, 7% of the millage funds dedicated to the Natural Areas Preservation Program may be annually used to administer a land preservation program or maintain lands purchased under this Ordinance. In keeping with this provision, 7% of the funds received annually will be deposited in a separate account for use in administration of the NAPP properties.
- In conjunction with the first guideline, 93% of the millage funds received annually will be deposited in a separate account for use in acquisition of unique natural areas within Washtenaw County, as provided for in Ordinance No. 128.
- The allocation of funds to the administration or acquisition accounts will take place annually. The determination of amounts (e.g. application of the designated percentage allocation) will occur at the end of the fiscal year and will utilize the balance of funds received as of December 31st of that year.
- In the interest of insuring that sufficient funds are available to respond to the immediate and urgent need to purchase a high priority property, a portion of the acquisition funds will be held in reserve during the first three years of the Program (2002, 2003 & 2004). The amount of funds to be held in reserve will be equal to 15% of the funds allocated to the acquisition account in that year. The amount of funds held in reserve will be tracked separately from the remainder of the acquisition funds.
- The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission will annually prepare a report on the status of the funds received from the tax millage dedicated to the Natural Areas Preservation Program. The report will be considered by the Commission at a regular or special meeting no later than the end of the 1st quarter of the following year.
- The following activities shall be considered eligible expenses for the acquisition account:
Acquisition of property, including all closing costs.
Professional consultants, when their services are required as part of acquisition.
Payment of property taxes on acquired property.
Preparation of appraisals of property.
Preparation of legal surveys of property.
Preparation of Phase 1 Environmental Assessments of property, as well as subsequent Phases, if required.
Costs associated with improvements to the properties to facilitate access and safety, including installation of security fencing, parking areas, trails, signage, etc.
Staff time devoted to the acquisition process.
- The following activities shall be considered eligible expenses for the administration account:
Material and equipment expenses associated with maintenance of the acquired properties, including parking areas, trails, signage, etc.
Operations and maintenance costs associated with the acquired natural areas.
Staff time devoted to program support, including security.
Travel/vehicle costs incurred in the process of program support.