Thank you for including Commissioner Jim Hertzler's guest editorial "Investing in farmland" in your newspaper (The Sentinel, Aug.31, 2019).
For some of us, it’s hard to believe that three decades have passed since the late Gov. Robert P. Casey inked his signature on the state’s far…
Prior to moving to the Cumberland Valley 46 years ago, I grew up in a rural agricultural area like Newville. Starting in middle school 60 years ago, I learned about the fertile land in the Cumberland Valley, which is some of the best farmland in the world.
Mr. Hertzler documented the need to preserve CV's valuable farmland and proposes a resolution to accomplish that by partnering with the Commonwealth which would benefit the county before the land is gobbled up for development. As Jim cited, 91% of 3,000 citizens indicated that farmland preservation is important to them and that 81% support increasing the current level of funding to preserve more farm acres.
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The county's Agriculture Land Preservation Board unanimously endorsed Commissioner Hertzler's proposal seeking 1% of the county's General Fund budget for farmland preservation, which would allow preserving an additional 1,000 acres annually.
A commitment of 1 percent of the general fund would come to about $875,000 annually, given that the county’s general fund outlay was around $87.5 million this year.
As a constituent, I strongly support Mr. Herzler's proposal, and I expect the other County Commissioners will do likewise. I encourage other CV residents to voice their support of Jim's proposal to our leaders.