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Open Space Referendum

  1. Municipalities are authorized by PA Act 153 ("Open Space Lands, Acquisition and Preservation") to purchase land or easements for the purpose of conservation. Local governments may levy a tax on real estate or earned income above the existing limits of the Commonwealth's laws, but only if they first receive referendum approval from the voters. A plan to protect these resources is required prior to expenditures of open space tax revenue. [source: Pennsylvania Land Choices, An Educational Guide, Pennsylvania Department of Natural Resources in partnership with Pennsylvania Land Trust Association]