Bucks County municipalities will have more time to decide how to spend millions of dollars for open space preservation that was allocated during a 2007 referendum.
Initially, the deadline for municipalities to apply for open space grants supported by the bond initiative was the end of this year. The Bucks County Commissioners on Wednesday extended the deadline until the end of 2016, the Intelligencer reported.
About $14 million remains available for municipalities throughout the county; projects require a 25 percent match.
Some communities, including Doylestown Borough, Falls, Solebury, Upper Makefield and Wrightstown, have not yet applied for any grant money, according to figures reported by the Intelligencer.
Newtown Township has $575,000 left to spend. About $180,000 of the money allocated to Newtown Township is being used to construct Noah’s playground in Veteran’s Park off Durham Road. Nearly $400,000 remains and may be used to make improvements to the township’s trail system, however government officials there have been asking residents to provide input on how they’d like to see the money spent.
The 2007 Bucks County Open Space Bond Initiative allocated $26 million to the Municipal Open Space Program to provide financial assistance for open space planning, acquisitions and improvements. Each municipality received an adjusted share of money according to its percentage of overall county land area and population plus a base allocation of $200,000.