Don’t forget to vote: Haddonfield November 2016 election information

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Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Haddonfield residents will be able to vote for the local school board and one municipal referendum question, in addition to voting for other representatives and the president of the United States.

The Haddonfield Public Schools Board of Education election this year is uncontested. Those running for the three open Board of Education seats include incumbents Mary E. Fagan, David C. Siedell and Matt Ritter. Ritter was chosen to fill the rest of Carlton Chin’s unexpired term, which ends this year.

Maureen Eyles is running uncontested for the one-year open seat. Eyles is filling in for the unexpired term of Drew Hansen.

The one municipal referendum question is: Shall the Borough of Haddonfield adopt an ordinance to continue an “Open Space Trust Fund?”

The ballot question will be on continuing a municipal Open Space Trust Fund for the acquisition of land to protect open space and water quality for the development of recreation on and maintenance of any such lands, and for historic preservation purposes. The current open space tax levy is set to expire at the end of 2016.

If the question passes, property owners would continue to be taxed at the rate of not more than one cent per $100 of assessed value. If the maximum amount of one cent were collected, the tax would be $49.14 per year for the average assessed home of $491,359.

Having such a fund allows Haddonfield to apply for double the amount of state Green Acres Program grants to help purchase open space. For example, Haddonfield could apply for 50 percent of the purchase price of a property rather than 25 percent.

Borough commissioners have the right to assess the open space tax at less than the maximum amount each year. Commissioners have never authorized the full assessment. Every year, there would be a public audit of all expenditures.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The polling locations for all 10 districts are as follows, and there are some changes in polling locations:

• Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road, Districts 1 and 5

• Mabel Kay House, 24 Walnut St., District 2 (first floor) and District 4 (second floor)

• Crows Woods Building, 993 S. Atlantic Ave., District 3

• Elizabeth Haddon School, 501 W. Redman Ave., Districts 6 and 7

• Evangelical Lutheran Church of Our Savior, 204 Wayne Ave., District 8 and 9

• Borough Hall, 242 East Kings Highway, District 10

In the race for Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders are incumbents Edward T. McDonnell (D) and Carmen G. Rodriguez (D), and challengers Robert Stone (R) and Claire H. Gustafson (R) for two open seats.

In the race for the 1st Congressional District of the House of Representatives are incumbent Donald W. Norcross (D), Bob Patterson (R), Scot John Tomaszewski of the We Deserve Better Party, William F. Sihr, IV of the Libertarian Party and Michael Berman of Americanindependents.org, all vying for one open seat.

There are two statewide referendum questions:

Do you approve amending the constitution to permit casino gambling in two additional counties in this state?

Do you approve amending the constitution to dedicate all revenue from the state motor fuels tax and petroleum products gross receipts tax to the Transportation Trust Fund?