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2003 General Election
Tuesday - November 4, 2003

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Franklin Township - 23rd Legislative District

MEMBER - TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE
Vote for Two (2)

  Total Votes
Steven M. Tarshis (Republican) 769
Robert McGeary (Republican) 800
No Nominations Made (Democrat) -
Write-In Votes 12
Write-In Votes 9

MEMBER- STATE SENATE
Vote for One (1)

Municipal Total Hunterdon Total
Leonard Lance (Republican) 815 16,709
Frederick P. Cook (Democrat) 270 7,314

MEMBERS - GENERAL ASSEMBLY
23RD LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT - Vote for Two (2)

Municipal Total Hunterdon Total
Connie Myers (Republican) 735 14,680
Michael J. Doherty (Republican) 672 14,133
Brian D. Smith (Democrat) 328 8,574
Cynthia L. Ege (Democrat) 314 8,807

HUNTERDON COUNTY SURROGATE
Vote for One (1)

Municipal Total Hunterdon Total
Susan J. Hoffman (Republican) 831 18777
No Nomination Made (Democrat) - -

MEMBERS OF THE HUNTERDON COUNTY BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS
Vote for Two (2)

Municipal Total Hunterdon Total
Marcia A. Karrow (Republican) 710 16,089
Nancy Palladino (Republican) 772 17,540
Thomas A. Leonardis, Jr. (Democrat) 358 9,667
No Nomination Made (Democrat) - -

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PUBLIC QUESTIONS
Franklin Township - 23rd Legislative District

STATE PUBLIC QUESTION #1 (details)
Increase in Bonding Authority for State's Open Space, Farmland, and Historic Preservation Programs

Municipal Total Hunterdon Total State Total
YES 681 15,964 719,867
NO 395 6,805 391,326

STATE PUBLIC QUESTION #2 (details)
Constitutional Amendment to Expand Uses of Dedicated Tax Revenue to Fund Hazardous Discharge Cleanups

Municipal Total Hunterdon Total State Total
YES 563 13,452 667,713
NO 482 8,924 423,134

STATE PUBLIC QUESTION #3 (details)
Dam, Lake, Stream, Flood Control, Water Resources and Wastewater Treatment Bond Issue

Municipal Total Hunterdon Total State Total
YES 537 12,500 649,323
NO 502 9,858 441,762

MUNICIPAL PUBLIC QUESTION #1
Authorize the Acquisition of Real Property for Open Space and Farmland Preservation Purposes.

Interpretive Statement:  A "yes" vote would support Franklin Township's continuing effort to preserve open space and rural character. A "yes" vote would give the Township Committee the authority to bond up to $3.3 million dollars for the purchase and preservation of 145 acres of prime farmland in Cherryville that will otherwise become a 16 lot major subdivision. Although the Committee has no intention to actually bond for $3.3 million, it is required by law to advertise for the full purchase price of the property. The Finance Plan is that up to $2 million dollars of the total funds used to make the purchase will be reimbursed to our Township by State and County preservation agencies as well as other non-profit groups and by monies currently held in the Township's own Open Space Trust Fund and Capital Improvement accounts. The newly preserved farm will then be sold at auction to gain further compensation to fRanklin's taxpayers. The farm's auction is expected to yield between $800,000 and $1.3 million in cash, in addition t o the above funding. The township Committee's goal is to have from85% to 100% of the total amount financed without actually boding. This goal is consistent with the Committee's plan to make land preservation economically viable in Franklin and to create no additional tax burden fro preserving land. Further, this plan prevents future tax burden on residents in the form of additional school taxes, necessary for education of students who would otherwise live on such lad if developed.
Municipal Total
YES 571
NO 479

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