2022 Robbinsville Township Budget Adopted by Council
Rising Pension, Health Insurance Costs Contribute to First Municipal Increase in a Decade
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (June 9, 2022) - Robbinsville Township Council Thursday adopted the 2022 municipal budget of $25.7 million.
Following nine consecutive years of either flat or reduced municipal taxes, the budget contains a proposed municipal increase to 53.9 cents per every $100 of assessed value – up from 51.8 cents. That translates to an approximately $79 municipal increase per household in 2022. The average assessed home value in Robbinsville is $378,600. A penny in the Robbinsville tax rate is worth $265,905.75.
Municipal taxes make up only 20 percent of a Township resident’s overall tax bill. Schools accounted for 56 percent, Mercer County absorbed 21 percent, while Mercer County library and Mercer County Open Space combined for three percent in 2021.
Township services have increased nearly across the board, while spending was slashed by $289,000 from 2021 and overall Township debt reduced by $709,000. The $1.5 million in funds acquired via the American Rescue Plan Act is being earmarked for revenue replacement, including substantial pandemic-related losses in court costs and construction permit fees. Robbinsville Township also has been very aggressive in pursuing Federal, State and other grants. Robbinsville has secured over $1 million in NJDOT funding for our roadways, along with another $1.35 million FEMA grant to hire four new firefighters.
Virtually the entire increase was comprised of increased costs in pension contributions, health insurance benefits and the purchase of a new fire engine ($879,000).
"Budgets are always very challenging, anyone who runs a household understands that all too well," Council President Mike Cipriano said. "(Administrator) Joy (Tozzi), (CFO) Debbie (Bauer) and the other department heads have done another outstanding job, under extremely difficult circumstances, getting us to this place."
The adopted budget will be available on this page as soon as the document clears auditor review. The budget was introduced by Township Council on April 28.