Supporters of Florida Forever, the state’s land conservation program, have launched an effort to convince the Legislature to restart bond financing so that the state can resume purchasing land while real estate prices are low.

Florida lawmakers earlier this year did not authorize new funding for debt service because of huge declines in revenues supporting the state budget. Debt service on Florida Forever bonds is paid through a portion of the tax collected on real estate transfers known as the documentary stamp tax, which has plummeted in the current recession along with other state taxes and fees.

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