Land Acquisition Program
Bond Referendum for Land Acquisition Program on March 12, 2019 Ballot
At its meeting on December 6, the Jupiter Town Council approved Resolution #85-18 to conduct a referendum on the issuance of bonds in order to implement a land acquisition program through the Town. The referendum will be added to the ballot for the election scheduled for March 12, 2019. The proposed bonds are specified not to exceed $20 million, to mature within 20 years from the date of issuance, and to be payable from the Town’s ad valorem taxes. Residents of the Town of Jupiter would see an annual increase in their tax bill to fund the debt, and debt would not be issued all at once, but would be issued as properties were acquired.
Any properties acquired with the funds would need to fall into one of the following categories or uses:
- Environmentally sensitive, waterfront and recreational lands
- Lands for open spaces
- Archaeological or historic preservation
- Traffic mitigation
- Incidental costs related to the lands acquired through the program (such as clearing exotic vegetation and creating public access)
The referendum will be overseen by the Supervisor of Elections for Palm Beach County, and will only be open to the residents of Jupiter. Designated polling places will be advertised as the election date gets closer. For more information about the March 12, 2019 election and to view a sample ballot, please visit the Election Information page.
The Town of Jupiter approved a similar Open Space bond program in 2004 for $17 million that resulted in the acquisition of seven properties totaling 59.9 acres of land. For more information on the Town's 2004 Open Space Program, please check out the webpage.