Morris Township committee set to approve budget, April 16

The Morris Township committee is scheduled to vote on adoption of a $35 million municipal budget tonight, April 16, 2014, at 7 pm.

If approved, the spending plan will amount to a $27 increase for someone with a home assessed at the average value of $390,000.

Residents’ municipal tax bills will average between $2,360 and $2,380, a little more than $200 below the state average, Township Auditor Dave Evans said at the last committee meeting.

 MORRIS TOWNSHIP 2014 BUDGET SUMMARY

The proposed budget stays just below the state-imposed 2 percent cap while retaining a $3 million surplus, said the auditor, praising the town administration and committee for a “commendable job” of sustaining services while controlling taxes.

The Morristown & Township Library, Dec. 10, 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Morris Township 2014 budget includes $250,000, matching Morristown’s contribution, to repair stonework at the library. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

An additional $1 million has been set aside for tax appeals, while the capital budget will increase nearly six-fold, to $772,000 (rounded) for road maintenance and new equipment.

The township’s work force of 151 is down by five people, after a regional merger of municipal courts.

Over all, salaries and operating expenses rose less than 1 percent, said Township Administrator Tim Quinn, whose efforts were praised by committee members last month.

“He was tireless. He spent days and nights putting this together,” said Committeeman Peter Mancuso.

 



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