Edison, NJ - Edison voters appear to have narrowly rejected a ballot initiative to approve the proposed renewal of the Open Space Trust Fund. According to unofficial results released by the Middlesex County Clerk’s office, the ballot question failed by a vote of 8,374 (51%) to 8,014 (49%). The results do not reflect provisional ballots that were cast on Tuesday.
If approved, the Trust Fund would have been funded by a one cent per $100.00 of assessed value tax as was estimated to raise over $700,000 per year for the Trust Fund. Proponents of the referendum stated that the Trust Fund could be used not only for open space, but for recreational facilities, parks, playgrounds, fields, courts, trails, bike paths. However, opponents argued that the ballot question would have resulted in yet another tax. They also argued that the tax did not have a sunset provision and revenues could be utilized to fund condemnations through the use of eminent domain powers.