SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Last Night, voters in South Brunswick voted against a measure to increase funding to the Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. If voted into law, the township would increase the usual four cents per $100 of collected property tax revenue that is spent on acquiring land and preserving water areas to seven cents. The measure would increase the taxes that South Brunswick residents pay into the fund.

Currently, the Open Space, Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund uses 3.5 cents to purchase farmland, historic sites and certain structures for preservation purposes. The other .5 of a cent is utilized for the development of such land or water areas and farmlands

The increase was suggested by John Bolcato, the chief financial officer of South Brunswick. The law suggested increasing the funding to purchase such lands to six cents and one cent focused on development. According to the proposition, the township felt that the residents of South Brunswick should be the ones to vote on this measure, as they are the ones who pay into the fund.

After a final count, the proposition to increase the funding failed by a 52% to 48%. The proposed increase lost by 260 votes, according to the Middlesex County Clerk’s website.