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Township Council Introduces 2017 Municipal Budget Featuring
Fourth Consecutive Flat or Reduced Tax Rate
2017 Introduced Budget
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (April 13, 2017) – Robbinsville Township Council introduced the 2017 Municipal Budget at Thursday's meeting.
The $23.6 million budget includes a quarter penny tax cut, which would lower the rate to 52.4 cents per $100 of assessed value – a decrease of 1.8 cents since 2012 (54.2). The average assessed home value in Robbinsville is $372,000.
The 2017 budget, if adopted following a public meeting and vote next month, would mark the second consecutive municipal rate cut and the fourth consecutive year of either a flat or reduced tax rate.
“Overall, this budget proves once again that the many steps we took more than a decade ago – consolidating the fire district, eliminating lifetime health benefits and laying the groundwork for attracting desirable ratables – was a long-term strategy that continues to pay major dividends," said Mayor Dave Fried, who presented the budget to Council March 9. "I feel really good about where we are as a Township.”
Business Administrator Joy Tozzi added:
“This year’s budget process proved to be every bit as challenging as we expected. Our primary focus was balancing just the right amount of development with open space, while keeping safety in mind and also continuing to enhance and beautify our community. Living within the 2 percent cap, staying within budget, satisfying our affordable housing obligation, negotiating fair contracts and always keeping the taxpayer in mind is a top priority of this administration. Without the support of our residents with regard to the Open Space Tax referendum we would not have been able to accomplish what we set out to do. On behalf of Chief Financial Officer Debbie Bauer and our department heads, which have all done a terrific job managing within our plans, I must say thank you to the residents for supporting that initiative. Working together, we have created a community we all love and cherish.”