Preservation Trust


On December 22, 1992, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders established the Morris County Open Space & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund with the voter approval of the 1992 referendum.  Collection of funds for the Trust Fund commenced on July 1, 1993 with a tax equal to ½ cent per $100 of total county equalized real property valuation.

The subsequent approved referenda modified the Trust Fund as follows:

  • 1998: (2 referenda): Increased maximum collection to 3.0 cents and provided 0.25 cents for the MCPC Improvement Fund
  • 2001: Increased maximum collection to 5.25 cents
  • 2002: Established the Historic Preservation Fund utilizing 1/8 to 1/4 cent of existing tax
  • 2014: Established Trail Development as an eligible activity of the Fund

Preservation Trust Fund Programs
The Preservation Trust Fund is divided into five program areas with Open Space further divided into four sub-program areas as follows:

2018 Funding Allocation
The levy for 2018 is 5/8 cent per $100 valuation and, as approved by Freeholder Resolution #6, adopted February 28, 2018:

Rules and Regulations
Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund Rules and Regulations – Complete set of rules