FAIR LAWN – Voters will have more than candidates on the ballot Nov. 7, they will have an open space referendum continuation, as well.

“This referendum will not only allow us to acquire open space but allow us to use the funds in a more enhanced way,” Deputy Mayor Amy Lefkowitz said on Oct. 17.

Voters first approve the Open Space Referendum in November 2005.

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The referendum funds a continuance of the annual tax levy of $.005 or one-half cent, per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

The owner of a residential home assessed at $327,485, average, would pay $16.37 per year.

According to the interpretive statement, which will be on the ballot sent to all registered voters, Fair Lawn would collect approximately $209,750 annually for the Open Space Fund.

The fund may be used for the following:

  • Acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes;
  • Development of such lands for the same purposes;
  • Maintenance of the land;
  • Historic preservation;
  • Blue Acres projects, which is a land acquisition program that targets buyout of flood prone areas;
  • Payment of debt service on such lands

Some of the past Open Space projects include: Memorial Park Skating Rink; Warren Point Annex Playground; Cadmus House; Radburn Area Walking Paths; Memorial Field Lighting; Berdan Grove Park; Dunker Hook Road/Naugle House Acquisition; Dobrow Field Artificial Turf; Naugle-Vanderbeck House; Athletic Field and Pool Fencing; Naugle House Acquisition; Warren Point Skate Park; Fire Chief Chalres C. Vogel Passive Park; Berdan Grove Inclusionary Playground, Phase I; Columbia Heights Passive Park Creation; Memorial Park & Pool Improvements; and Miniature Golf Course (old Walsh Pool).

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