I am sending this information for posting on TAP for reader distribution. It provides an expanded explanation for the open space question that is on the ballot this coming Tuesday, Election Day. This information was written by the municipal staff and is also posted on the municipal web site for residents to view at montvillenj.org.

This provides additional information for voters to make an informed decision at the polls.

Montville Township established a dedicated tax (levy) for open space purposes through voter referendum in November 1989 and November 1997. These funds are used to purchase open space property, and maintain and improve public recreation. Currently the Township has the ability to levy $0.07 per $100 of assessed value for open space purposes.

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A Referendum Question will be placed before the registered voters of Montville Township on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. Voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to reduce the open space levy from $0.07 per $100 of assessed value to an amount not to exceed $0.037 per $100 of assessed value. Specifically, a vote of yes will reduce the open space levy from $0.07 per $100 to $0.037 per $100. A vote of no will mean that the open space levy will remain at $0.07 per $100 and there will be no reduction in the tax levy.

The change in the municipal open space rate is to reflect the adjustment made to the rate after the 2012 revaluation. The total open space levy collected will not change; however, the rate itself has been adjusted to coincide with the new assessed valuations. A vote in favor of this referendum is a vote to cap the open space rate at $0.037 per $100 of assessed value, with the ability to decrease the rate in the future if deemed necessary.