Open Space Tax Question Loses Again in Beach Haven

Nov 21, 2018

Beach Haven Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis expressed disappointment over voters rejecting an open space preservation tax of 1 cent per $100 assessed value on Election Day. The question failed by a 250-to-220 margin.

It was the third straight year the question was defeated; Davis said she wants the question on the ballot again for 2019.

“This is something that other towns are doing,” said Davis at the Nov. 13 council meeting. “It is good to have this available in case something comes up where we can preserve open space and keep it away from developers.”  

The tax would result in a $60 increase on a home assessed at $600,000.

She said a benefit from the open space tax is that some monies could be used for making improvements to parks and playgrounds.

“This is good, could be good for the taxpayers,” she said. “We have a chance to get matching funds from Green Acres on park projects.”

The mayor indicated she is considering hiring a marketing firm to promote open space tax benefits.

“I don’t think everybody in town is aware of how this can benefit our community,” she said. E.E.

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