Beach Haven Making Another Go at Open Space Tax

By Eric Englund | Oct 09, 2019

Beach Haven — After three consecutive unsuccessful attempts, Beach Haven is again asking voters if they want an open space preservation tax of 1 cent per $100 assessed value. The question will appear on the ballot in the Nov. 5 election.

Sherry Mason, borough manager and clerk, said the tax would result in a $60 increase on a home assessed at $600,000. Last year, the question was defeated by a 250 to 220 margin.

“It’s been frustrating because the vote has been fairly close,” said Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis. “We’re trying to get the word out that this tax is very good for the borough and very good for the taxpayers.”

Davis said the open space tax would allow the borough to preserve any open space that comes up and keep it away from developers.

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

“We have a chance to get matching funds from Green Acres on park projects,” said the mayor. “Other towns have been doing this so I hope we’ll be able to finally accomplish this in Beach Haven.”  —E.E.

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