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Wintry Weather Major Cost Driver In Middletown Twp $70.2M Budget

The proposed amount to be raised by taxation will rise by 2.88%, an increase of $41 annually for the owner of a typical home in Middletown.

Winter weather costs are to blame for an increase in the amount to be raised through taxation in the Middletown Township 2014 budget, officials say. Patch file photo.
Winter weather costs are to blame for an increase in the amount to be raised through taxation in the Middletown Township 2014 budget, officials say. Patch file photo.

Middletown's governing body introduced a $70,200,465 spending plan for 2014 on March 17. The amount to be raised by taxation will rise by $1.398 million to $46,535,736, up 2.88 percent from last year. 

The proposed spending plan calls for an estimated tax rate of 50.6 cents per $100 of assessed value, up .11 cents from 2013. For a home valued at $375,600, the township average, the estimated municipal tax would be $1,901 annually, or an increase of $41 over last year.

Township CFO Colleen Lapp said most of the rise can be attributed mostly to weather related costs for 2014. A string of significant winter storms and frigid cold is blamed for 74% of the change in the proposed tax levy. Winter storm costs from January through March reached $1.5 million, an increase of over $1 million compared to 2013 and most prior years, she said. 

According to the budget documents the township budget is tentatively scheduled for public hearing on April 21. Formal adoption could come in May. 

The township property tax dollar is comprised of the school budget (62 percent), the county (13 percent), municipal library (2 percent), municipal open space (1 percent) and county open space (1 percent.) 

On March 19, the Middletown Township Board of Education proposed a spending plan that raises taxes 2 percent, or $115.11, for the average homeowner. Also earlier this month, the Monmouth County Freeholders introduced a budget that calls for no increase in taxes. 

To learn more about the township's budget, you can read an article in The Independentdownload the township's budget summary, read the township's 2014 municipal budget sheet, or view Middletown Township CFO Colleen Lapp's budget presentation at the March 17 government meeting. The video was produced and shared on Youtube by citizen group Middletown Open Government (MOG). 

Joe March 29, 2014 at 02:52 PM
Njx- were you here this winter? Did you see how many snowstorms we got hit with? Is it so hard for your small mind to grasp that there would be additional costs to pay for the clean up? I love the whiny know it alls who post idiotic comments when they have no idea what they are talking about.
Jesse March 29, 2014 at 06:28 PM
njx - her last name is Lapp, not Rapp.
Paul March 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Hey everyone, njx has a crystal ball and has declared that we will have a mild winter next year!!!! Wow, what a genius, what a visionary!!!! No more salting my driveway, no plowing, no shoveling. Thanks njx. Now I don't have to put away my golf clubs - I'll be hitting the links in January. What was the Bugs Bunny quote? Oh yeah, what a maroon!!!!
njx March 30, 2014 at 05:29 PM
As usual, the level of intelligence on the Patch rivals that of my cat. This tax increase is to pay for this past winter's cleanup. My point was that, IF next winter is mild or normal, do you think that the increase will be rolled back, since there won't be any "extra" expense? NOT A CHANCE. And you know it.
Paul March 30, 2014 at 05:44 PM
Ha- you sound like the amateur in the White House. You did not say "if there's a mild winter.". You must be a Democrat, right? Well don't worry about next year because your Democrats are getting ready to screw the taxpayers by giving the unions the right to get big fat raises compliments of Sweeney and friends. The snow will be the least of the problems next year.

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