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TOWNSHIP COUNCIL APPROVES RESOLUTION TO PUT OPEN SPACE
TAX INCREASE QUESTION ON NOVEMBER ELECTION BALLOT
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (July 15, 2016) - Robbinsville residents will officially have the opportunity to preserve close to 400 acres and prevent two key parcels from potential development after Township Council Thursday approved a Resolution permitting the question of raising the funds to purchase those properties through a 1.5 cent (per $100 of assessed value) increase in the Open Space Tax.
Residents will receive a letter from Mayor Dave Fried in their 2016 tax bill reminding residents of the proposed increase.
"One of the primary reasons we have been able to keep taxes stable and deliver two straight years of tax cutsis by limiting residential development and looking at potential open space we could use to benefit the entire community," Mayor Fried said.
The increase would help purchase and preserve close to 400 acres in town - 200 acres and a proposed 50 homes on Robbinsville-Edinburgh Road across from Robbinsville High, and another 189 acres that comprise the shuddered Miry Run Golf Course.
"This is not a request I make lightly,'' Mayor Fried said. "However, we are very confident this will actually save tax dollars over the long haul since we know that for every 100 homes we keep from being built the Township saves $1 million in essential services."
The Mayor first unveiled the open space plan at the 2016 State of the Township address in April.