I am proud to report that on March 22 the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a budget with a zero increase in the tax levy. This is the second year in a row the tax levy has remained the same, which means
Director John P. Curley, Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Serena DiMaso have worked closely with our chief financial officer and all County department heads to make this possible, while still maintaining the excellent level of public services that residents expect. County spending was actually reduced this year by $4.1 million.
Over the course of the last three years, there has been a hiring freeze, cuts to expense budgets, consolidation of a number of county operations, and a reduction of nearly 700 employees. This has saved
Monmouth County relies less on property taxes than 16 of the 21 New Jersey counties. As a percentage of the overall budget, Monmouth County’s property taxes comprise 61.54 percent of the total budget – behind Union, Hudson and Essex counties, which receive more in state aid, and Cumberland County, which is much smaller.
By comparison, the amount of property taxes as a percentage of the overall budget is 83 percent in
Let me assure the taxpayers of
Gary J. Rich
Monmouth County Freeholder