Open Space Tax Question Will Be Back in 2018

Nov 15, 2017

Beach Haven Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis said she is “disappointed” voters last week rejected a public question, 195-186, in which a tax of 1 cent per $100 assessed value would have been used to preserve open space. Had it passed, it would have resulted in a tax increase of $60 on a home assessed at $600,000. 

“We put it on the ballot last year and lost, so we tried it again this time, and we’re going to put it on the ballot again next year,” said Davis at the Nov. 13 borough 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.”

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

“This could be good for the taxpayers,” she said. “We would have a chance to get matching funds from Green Acres on park projects. Improving our parks has been a priority, and this would really help us achieve that.” E.E.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McDonald | Nov 16, 2017 12:20

Why voters 'no longer' support open space taxes:

1. These funds usually go to 'political insiders' strapped for cash regardless of whether the property purchased benefits the people or not.

2. 'Politicians' often 'violate the funds' for personal agendas, like diverting open space funds in order to get their name on 9/11 memorials and such.

3. Too often, properties on the tax rolls are purchased with open space funds to get them off the tax rolls, then restricted from public use for decades. {Large estate sells 100 acres of riverfront to town. Property can't be used for 99 years (so estate's riverfront view isn't disrupted, tax-free.)}

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