Wednesday, September 28, 2022

A $12.76 Tax Hike Approved for Frelinghuysen in 2022 Budget

The typical taxpayer in Frelinghuysen Township see an increase in property taxes of $12.76 in 2022 under the municipal budget passed on June 15.

The township committee approved a spending plan of $2,027,003, an increase of $279,718 over the previous year. The portion of the budget is $868,471, which comes in at $17,092 under the state-mandated cap of $885,563.

“This is a good budget,” said Frelinghuysen Mayor Keith Ramos. “We’ve been fiscally conservative for the past few years.”

Bring the budget in well under the cap was an important accomplishment, Ramos added.

In addition, Ramos said the budget will continue to pay down debts from capital projects on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. ”The ultimate goal of this committee is to pay down existing debt,” he said.

Ramos pointed to the recently completed salt sheds behind town hall and the Department of Public Works, where the township’s supply of road salt is stored.

State guidelines call for road salt to be stored in a manner that keeps it as protected from rain and precipitation as possible. Runoff from stored salt can find its way into streams and water supplies. In addition to harming the environment, the salt lost from runoff is literally money down the drain.

Salt supplies during recent winters ran low in many states because of upheaval in the industry as well as supply chain issues.

“We’re a small town,” Ramos said. “Everything matters.”

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