As the lingering effects of the recession continue to adversely impact New Jersey, many municipalities have found themselves caught between increasing expenses, reduced state aid and the state’s mandated 2% municipal budget cap. They have had to raise taxes to the maximum allowed, reduce services and lay off staff. Not so in East Amwell.
This year our municipal tax rate is flat – no increase over last year’s. This continues a trend of several years with municipal tax rates either flat or below the rate of inflation, which requires a long term commitment to judicious planning and frugal spending. Among the changes we have made over the last few years to keep our tax rate low are the following:
- Share Raritan Township’s construction office.
- Share services with East Amwell School.
- Implement energy improvements to our municipal building.
- Receive state grants for road infrastructure and other municipal improvements.
- Share small animal control services with West Amwell Township.
Our ability to maintain consistently low municipal budgets – and help keep school tax increases moderate – is due in part to our farmland and open space preservation programs. These programs control development which reduces the need for increased services such as road maintenance and local police force.
Our achievements are due to the continued commitment by Township Committees both past and present, dedicated staff and our volunteer boards and committees.