EAST PIKELAND - Supervisors adopted a resolution at Tuesday's meeting to create an open-space task force.
A task force might advocate a raise of either the earned income tax or property tax. A tax increase could only occur if voters passed a voter referendum in support of such a tax.
The township is also seeking federal, state and county grants. Supervisors might also vote to use part of a capital fund, with funds in excess of $3 million dollars, to secure property easements or outright land purchases for both parks and passive recreation. Part of the capital fund is held for the cost of upcoming improvements to the township building.
Funds garnered from general revenues and future borrowing, including a bond issue, might also be used to purchase open space.
According to the resolution, "(F)uture unlimited development clearly threatens to diminish and destroy our quality of life, our farmlands and the countryside's aesthetic and natural resources."
The township's open-space plan was last amended more than 10 years ago. Supervisors seek seven township residents to serve on an ad hoc open-space committee.
Supervisors will request that a report by the task force would be prepared by May 1, 2004.
"We'll have some help from professionals," said Supervisor Tim Cahill. "If we were going to recreate it from scratch we'd be out of our minds."
The resolution reads that the task force will "review, evaluate and value open space benefits ... including various local taxing options and a potential future borrowing."
"Nothing has been determined," said Supervisor Vince McDevitt. "We're in the evaluation process and the public will be involved."
Applicants may contact the township at: Supervisors, East Pikeland Township, P.O. Box 58, Kimberton, Pa. 19442.