Monroe County, Pa., commissioners said they would support a $35 million bond referendum for an open-space preservation initiative as long as an economic development initiative is added, the Pocono Record reported.

According to the newspaper, the commissioners, stopping short of endorsing the proposal, said they hope to have a measure before voters in a nonbinding November referendum.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 19.

How much money would go toward  economic development, and how, was unclear, the Record said. Land preservation advocates favor a renewed open-space preservation measure, according to the newspaper.

The county borders New Jersey.

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