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 1/2 cent per $100 of total county equalized real property valuation.

The subsequent approved referenda modified the Trust Fund as follows:

  • 1998: (two referenda): Increased maximum collection to 3.0 cents and provided 0.25 cents for the Morris County Park Commission 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:

  1. County Park Improvement program
  2. Historic Preservation program
  3. Morris County Agriculture Development Board
  4. Open Space Preservation program allocated as follows:
    1. Municipal and/or Qualified Charitable Conservancy projects
    2. Flood Mitigation Program
    3. Morris County Park Commission
    4. Morris County M.U.A.
  5. Trail Construction Grant Program

2016 Funding Allocation

The levy for 2016 is 7/8 cent per $100 valuation and, as approved by Freeholder Resolution #21, adopted March 9, 2016:

Rules and Regulations

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