• Petitioned PA Senators, Governor Tom Corbett

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PA Senators, Governor Tom Corbett
Pennsylvania Governor
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State House

Reject House Bill 2224

    1. Petition by

      Warren Popjoy

      Downingtown, PA

Pennsylvania's Donated and Dedicated Property Act guarantees that any attempt to sell public parks, open space, recreation land, hunting and fishing areas and conservation easements, as well as buildings owned by the public must be reviewed by the Orphans Courts, acting as overseers of the trustees (officials of political subdivisions). These Court proceedings allow the Attorney General to oppose such sales in the Orphans Court in the county where the lands are situated, acting on behalf of the taxpayers/owners of the land. These Court proceedings also allow taxpayers to file lawsuits to prevent their lands and parks from being sold by local officials for short-term economic gain.

HB 2224 proposes to remove such Court review for public parks and other public lands and buildings if they were purchased, putting discretion solely in the hands of elected local officials. This would allow the sale of parks, recreation lands, etc. purely for short term economic benefit, which is not allowed by current law. It would allow local officials who may have ties to interested developers to declare the parks "under-used" or "impracticable to maintain" and sell them from public ownership, with no Court oversight. They would be sold for private development and private gain.

HB 2224 creates loopholes in the law to allow for the sale of public parks in cases where dedications and deed restrictions may be incomplete or defective, despite clear intent to dedicate to public use. In such cases, again Courts would have no jurisdiction.

HB2224 is a thinly-veiled attempt to partially repeal the protections afforded public property by the Donated and Dedicated Property Act, and to facilitate the transfer of public parks and other public lands to private parties for private gain.

Anyone who uses public parks, public recreation, hunting or fishing areas, or believes in the preservation of open space and conservation easements should sign this petition.

Speak up now so future generations of Pennsylvanians will not be deprived of their parks and other public lands.

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    • Richard Cramer STROUDSBURG, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As an active member of our local Open Space Friends group, I would hate to see short sighted local politicians given the power to sell off protected land for short term financial returns or to cater to favored developers.

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    • Tim Bafaloukos COLLEGEVILLE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      It just seems ridiculous to me that public land should be able to be bought and sold on a whim.

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    • Brian Junkologist EFFORT, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Until we eliminate the School Property Tax (HB1776 / SB1400), Pennsylvanians will never have the right to own the land we spend our entire lives paying for.

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      As it stands now, even AFTER you pay your mortgage off, you will still be paying the school tax for the rest of your life. Anytime you stop paying the school tax, your school board will have you thrown out of your house.

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    • James Petusky GIRARDVILLE, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      An ex Marple township commishioner from Broomall has plans along with local Girardville Boro officials to build an un needed medical center in the center of our public playground in Girardville Sckuylkill County.No where near his home..Yes, they want it in a heavily used playground/recreation area.This bill will allow officials everywhere to sell public land that will be lost forever.

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    • Lynne Fulton MALVERN, PA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Parks and public land should be protected for the people and their families. They should not be taken away for foolish development. Just how many strip malls do we need. We can't allow Greed to take away every bit of open space. Spending time in a park on a Saturday is the greatest stress reliever and heavens know we all can use that. If this laws passes it will surely be a very sad day for Pennsylvanians.

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