OCEAN TOWNSHIP: At a special meeting on Aug. 15 the township's governing body convened to meet the county's timing deadline in order to request the county Board of Elections to place a ballot question for the Nov. 7 General Election.
The question will be used on the November ballot to allow voters to decide on a township plan to establish an Open Space Tax equal to one cent per one hundred dollars of assessed real property value.
The proposal is to provide "for preservation and maintenance of open space and parklands in the Township" which Council holds as "paramount importance as residential and commercial development." It permits the township to acquire, preserve and improve lands for open space, recreation and parklands.
The $.01 per $100 yields $45.55 per year in added taxes per $455.456, the average township assessed valuation.
The council has been in the process of reviewing lands across the entire municipality to bring things up to date with, essentially, a revised, more current master plan and address variances from the old plan the years have brought.
The update work is being complemented by work going on with the Shade Tree and Environmental commissions and will address questions and concerns in those areas as well as the town's reputation as a "Community of gracious living."
The special session, actually a regular meeting, is taped for the community channels 22 Verizon FIOS, and Channel 77, Cablevision. The meeting had no attendees except for the council members, business manager and town attorney.