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THE OPEN SPACE AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION REFERENDUM

Town Hall in 1986
photo taken 1986
RESOLUTION 06-162

AUTHORIZING A PUBLIC QUESTION TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS
EXPANDING THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE TOWNSHIP OPEN SPACE
TRUST FUND MONEY MAY BE USED TO INCLUDE
HISTORIC REHABILITATION PRESERVATION PURPOSES


WHEREAS, on November 4, 1997, the voters of Long Hill Township approved an annual levy of two cents ($.02) per one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessed value to be deposited in a “Municipal Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Trust Fund” for the purposes of acquiring, developing and maintaining lands for recreation and conservation purposes and acquiring farmland for farmland preservation purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Township Committee desires to amend the 1997 proposition by allocating one half of one cent ($.005) of the annual levy of two cents ($.02) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value to historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas, or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas, or objects for historic preservation purposes; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.7 provides that:

The governing body of a municipality may submit to the voters of the municipality in a general or special election a proposition amending or supplementing a proposition previously submitted, approved, and implemented as provided pursuant to this section either (1) changing the amount or rate of the annual levy, or (2) adding or removing purposes authorized pursuant to this section for which the levy may be expended. Upon approval of the amendatory or supplementary proposition by a majority of the votes cast by the voters of the municipality, the governing body of the municipality shall implement it in the same manner as set forth in this act for implementation of the original proposition; and

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 40:12-15.7 further provides that:

The amount or rate of the annual levy may be subdivided in the proposition to reflect the relative portions thereof to be allocated to any of the respective purposes specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection or may be depicted as a total amount or rate, to be subdivided in a manner determined previously, or to be determined at a later date, by the governing body of the municipality after conducting at least one public hearing thereon; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Township Committee of the Township of Long Hill, County of Morris, and State of New Jersey as follows:

1. The following public question shall be submitted to the voters of Long Hill Township at the November 7, 2006 general election:

PUBLIC QUESTION

Shall Long Hill Township amend the proposition approved on November 4, 1997 imposing an annual levy of two ($.02) cents per one hundred ($100) of assessed valuation for purposes of acquiring, developing and maintaining lands for recreation and conservation purposes and acquiring farmland for farmland preservation purposes to provide that one half of one cent ($.005) of every two ($.02) collected shall be allocated to historic preservation of historic properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas, or objects, and the acquisition of such properties, structures, facilities, sites, areas, or objects for historic preservation purposes
2. The following statement interpreting the public question shall also be placed on the ballot:

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

If this question is approved by the voters, one half of one cent ($.005) of every two cents ($.02) of one hundred dollars ($100.00) of assessed valuation collected and deposited in the Township Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Trust Fund will be allocated to historic preservation purposes. The remaining one and one-half (($.015) cents shall continue to be used for the purposes of acquiring, developing and maintaining lands for recreation and conservation purposes and acquiring farmland for farmland preservation purposes. If this question is approved, there will be no increase in the current two ($.02) cent tax. What this means is that if your house is assessed at four hundred thousand dollars, you are currently paying eighty dollars ($80.00) into the Open Space Trust Fund. If this question is approved, you will still pay eighty dollars ($80), but twenty dollars ($20) of the eighty dollars ($80) will be allocated for historic preservation purposes.

3. The Township Clerk is authorized and directed to submit a certified copy of this resolution to the Morris County Clerk and request that the public question and interpretive statement be placed on the November 6, 2006 general election ballot.