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County partners with state on farmland preservation

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — New Castle County Executive Matthew Meyer says the county will save $2.5 million to preserve local farmland through a partnership with Delaware’s farmland preservation program.

Meyer has announced a $500,000 contribution to preserve county farmland, which he says saves taxpayers $2.5 million compared to the prior county administration’s plan to purchase development rights on two farms in the Port Penn area.

Meyer says the $500,000 will preserve significant acreage, and that the collaboration with the state is the right approach to a more comprehensive and cost-effective land preservation program.

Officials say the County will retain decision-making authority to direct which properties are selected off of the state’s list of eligible properties based on county funds that are allocated.

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