Is preserving community farmland worth a tax hike? Residents in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County will decide in a ballot referendum next month.
Preservationists hope to embark on a "Conservation Easement" where financial offers are made to applicant land owners.
If the land owner accepts, they will remain the owners of the property but will no longer have the right to develop it.
"The citizens will be voting in favor of giving the Board of Supervisors the authority to begin a municipal preservation program and it will be funded by a one-tenth of one-percent increase in earned income tax," township supervisor Vince Difilippo said.
For a person who earns $50,000 dollars a-year, the increase would mean about $50 annually.
Opponents say the county already has a large portion of preserved land.