My name is Sharon Winnick and I am running for Raritan Township Committee in Hunterdon County.
In 2016 the Raritan Township Committee voted to reduce the township's open space tax again, this time by 66-percent over the next five years. Under the plan, taxes would drop gradually each year. It would stay at 1.5 cents per $100 valuation in 2017 and reach .5 cents by 2021, saving the average tax payer $40 a year.
Committeeman Lou Reiner, a supporter of the plan, said it's time to reduce the tax because "we've reached our peak" in land preservation. Tell that to the Open Space Committee which has a backlog of farms, extensions of hiking trails, and environmentally sensitive parcels that they’ve targeted for purchase.
Committeeman Reiner also said that there is only 10% of land left to preserve and most of it involves slopes and other terrain where no one would want to build. If there is only 10% left and it is land no one will build on why do we keep approving development projects? If land can’t be built on, we need to designate the land as open space to guarantee it won’t be built on and we need to do it while the township still has open space money. We won’t have any in two years.
As residents we all would like a cut in taxes but at what price? When elected to the Raritan Township Committee I will be your voice and support a strong open space program.
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I have lived with my family in Raritan Township, Hunterdon County for twenty-two years. I have served as a volunteer with Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations, the Hunterdon Medical Center, Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Moms Demand Action, and a community theater group, along with other charitable causes.
I am an educator and a para-professional in the area of special education. I am a member of the NJ Education Association and active with the Legislative Committee.
I am an active congregant and member of the Flemington Jewish Community Center where I have served on the preschool board and various related committees.