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April 11, 2007

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Lawrence Owen

Hilltown

Land preserved

Hilltown will spend $404,850 to preserve nearly 27 acres on Rickert Road. The land will be preserved through a conservation easement, an often cheaper way of preserving land by allowing landowners to continue to live there but prohibiting future development.

Hilltown will pay for the easement with its open space fund. In 2000, township voters approved a referendum for the township to collect 0.25 percent of earned income tax for preserving open space. Hilltown raises about $700,000 a year through the tax.

*From the Doylestown Intelligencer 4.12.07

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