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Friday, April 12, 2013

Robbinsville moves toward public hearing on $21.9 million budget

Robbinsville Township Council now has a budget in front of it, after its formal introduction Thursday night.
The $21.9 million budget includes a 4 percent tax cut, which Mayor David Fried said came primarily from the tax deal with Internet commerce giant Amazon when he presented the plan. The company will open a warehouse in the township by next year, and provide more than $600,000 annual payments in lieu of taxes.
Fried said the average homeowner in the township, valued at more than $400,000, would see a reduction of about $76, when he introduced it two months ago. The council, which will hold a public hearing on May 9 before deciding on the spending plan, has already tinkered some with the numbers, including adding money for economic development and police overtime and equipment.
The budget reaches the tax decrease through the PILOT program with Amazon and using an additional $800,000 from the township’s reserves. Business Administrator Joy Tozzi said the township also increased payments to the township’s debts, which will lower future payments.
The budget would cut $30,000 from the mayor’s budget, $30,000 from fire department salaries, and a $50,000 increase for engineering services, and $200,000 increase for employee insurance. Tozzi said the full budget would be put on the township’s website.
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