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Township Council Adopts 2017 Municipal Budget Featuring
Fourth Consecutive Flat or Reduced Tax Rate
2017 Adopted Budget
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ – (May 11, 2017) - Township Council voted Thursday to adopt the 2017 million municipal budget of $23.6 million, a budget which includes a quarter penny tax cut.
The tax rate was reduced to 52.4 cents per $100 of assessed value - a decrease of 1.8 cents since 2012 (54.2), thus marking the second consecutive tax cut introduced by Mayor Dave Fried and the fourth straight year of flat or reduced taxes.
The average assessed home value in Robbinsville is $372,000. The 2017 budget was adopted following a public meeting and vote.
"Every year is a tough year and every budget is a tough budget," Mayor Fried said. "This budget was especially challenging on a number of levels. We have to not only plan what we are going to do this year, but also two years down the road. I can't say enough about our staff, especially Business Administrator Joy Tozzi and our Finance Department, led by CFO Debbie Bauer, for helping us reduce taxes two years in a row. That is very difficult to do in today's fiscal climate."
Astoundingly, the municipal budget increased $1.3 million from 2016 - due in large part to increased costs and expenses - yet Township officials still found a way to implement another tax cut.
"Considering the value of the penny, this is a great budget for the township," Council vice president Vince Calcagno said. "As the Mayor said in his State of the Township Address (Tuesday), in the early days (of the administration) we had a lot of rough years, but we're back on track. This budget was spot-on."
Added Councilman Ron Witt: "Looking at the effort that goes into the budget, year-in and year-out, is amazing. We continue to provide exceptional services to our residents with less and less money. Budgets like this are not easy to do. We are fiscally responsible, and that makes me very proud to work alongside an administration such as this."