Knowlton taxpayers will see an average increase of $21 in property taxes this year.
The total municipal tax levy of $1.11 million is slightly higher that the 2021 levy of $1.09 million. The budget comes in at $87,325 below the state-mandated cap in municipal spending for 2022. It also includes approximately $400,000 in surplus from the previous year.
Township Mayor Adele Starrs said she was pleased the budget could be kept as low as it was despite the “astronomical price of oil.”
A number of paving projects will be able to be completed this year because contracts for the work had been worked out while oil prices were significantly lower. Honey Run Road and Mount Pleasant Road are among the projects set for this year.
Starrs also said that sharing the functions of the building and construction official will amount to a significant savings.
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.
Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.
Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.
Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.