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Proposed Haddon Twp. budget holds line on taxes

From the Courier Post

Township commissioners introduced a spending plan Tuesday night that would bring a slight decrease in the municipal tax.

Under the $13.1 million budget, the owner of an average home assessed at $120,000 would pay $1 less in taxes.

Mayor Randall Teague called that change “a very small reduction, but a reduction nonetheless.”

Despite the loss of $324,478 in state aid, the proposed budget would spend $295,763 less than last year.

Teague said the township cut spending by reducing its work force, mostly through attrition, and getting better prices for services. The township also expects a one-time cash infusion from a tax sale.

“We were ready for it,” Teague said of the state aid cuts. “After what Governor (Chris) Christie did with the schools, we thought something drastic was going to happen.”

The township recently saved about $100,000 by laying off an employee when it consolidated its water and sewer department and streets and roads department, Teague said. The move reduced the number of supervisors in the public works department from three to one, Teague said.

Other cost-saving measures were the outsourcing of the township’s payroll and cleaning services for the municipal building.

The township also switched auditors and, on Tuesday, outsourced the concession stand at the Crystal Lake Pool.

An infusion of $500,000 is expected to come from a tax sale.

The township usually holds the sale, in which companies bid for the right to collect from delinquent taxpayers, once a year. This year, the township will hold two tax sales.

“It’s a one-time shot in the arm,” Commissioner John Foley said. “You’ve got to embrace these kinds of opportunities.”

Resident Tom Cassel said he was mostly pleased with the spending plan, but wished a more thorough outline of the budget was available for residents to review during the meeting.

“I think they cut most of the fat out,” Cassel said of the spending plan. “It’s nice not to have taxes increase here. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with the school budget.”

Commissioners are scheduled to meet with Superintendent Mark Raivetz today to review the budget, which voters defeated last week. Commissioners have until May 19 to hold a public hearing, then recommend cuts or adopt the proposed schools budget as it was presented to voters.

A final vote on the municipal budget is expected at the May 25 commissioner’s meeting.

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One Response

  1. Here is a link to the actual budget as introduced.

    http://www.haddontwp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/2010-Municipal-Budget_Small.pdf

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