Open Space Trust Fund Theft Question

It will be on the ballot as a Public Question #3 on November 8:

Do you want to be taxed $10 million in perpetuity so Union County can continue to use 90% of that tax money for its own budget?

Though on the ballot it will read this way:

Approval of this referendum will authorize the extension of the “Union County Open Space Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.” The revenue produced shall be used exclusively for the acquisition, development and maintenance of lands within the County for recreation and conservation purposes, and the preservation and acquisition of historic properties in the County for preservation purposes. The revenue shall come from an annual levy of 1-1/2 cents per $100 of total County equalized real property valuation. For example, the owner of a property assessed at $100,000 would contribute $15 annually to the Trust fund. The amount of the levy will not change; this is the same amount that the voters approved in 2000. This measure also allows the County to use Trust Fund monies to pay debt service on indebtedness incurred for Trust fund projects, other than maintenance. Utilization of the Trust Fund’s resources shall be in accordance with the open space, recreation and historic preservation plans prepared and adopted by the County.


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by steve on October 30, 2016 at 9:50 am

    TRUST fund—-let me get in an early vote–NO—ps there is a typo in the script- used should be corrected to misused—


  2. Posted by Peter Scull on October 30, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Can this be forwarded to newspapers covering Union County so the electorate knows exactly what this question REALLY MEANS?


  3. […] County wants the tax in perpetuity primarily for their own budget but, on a broader level, the Reason Foundation in a 2014 policy brief wondered why, with Pension […]


  4. Posted by walter pommnitz on November 1, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Is there an organization that opposes this issue? I would join in a second. I also suggest voting against any Freeholder up for reelection.

    Walter Pommnitz


  5. […] Note that Morris County also uses their Open Space tax (which they routinely cut) to acquire open space. Compare that to Union County which consistently raids their Open Space ‘Trust’ Fund for their regular budget and plans to continue in perpetuity. […]


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