Proposed Spending Plan Conforms to Governor’s Levy Cap
Represents Lowest Increase in More than a Decade
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The proposed 2012 municipal budget represents an ongoing commitment to hold a tight rein on spending and conform to the state’s 2% cap levy law.
The proposed budget the Township Committee is expected to introduce tonight reflects a 1.97% tax levy increase and a consistent effort to cut costs without sacrificing core essential government services. The change would cost the average Middletown homeowner about $3.57 per month.
“In order to achieve the lowest tax levy increase in more than a decade, austere measures are being taken in all departments. Measures include three years of steady staff reductions, significant Township insurance and benefit program changes, and restructuring the departments of Recreation and Public Works,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore.
“Middletown’s proposed municipal budget is very lean and in full conformance with the 2% cap levy law,” said Fiore. “Middletown continues to focus on providing core governmental functions at the most effective and efficient levels. We also continue to re-evaluate and re-examine all municipal programs and implement changes that generate cost savings where possible.”
- The proposed 2012 municipal budget is $63,511,603 compared to the total 2011 budget appropriation of $61,868,799 and the total 2010 appropriation of $64,979,576.
- The proposed budget represents an increase $919,079 or 1.97% when compared to the 2011tax levy, and is $1,467,973 or 2.26% less than 2010 spending levels.
- From December 2009 through December 2011 the number of full-time employees working for the Township has decreased from 309 to 282, a decrease of 27 full-time employees, or 8.7% of the Township’s full-time work force. This has been accomplished through layoffs in 2010 and 2011 and by attrition in not hiring employees to replace all those that have retired or resigned.
- The Township budget makes up only approximately 21% of the average property tax bill, the remaining portion relates to the school and county tax levies.
- Tax appeals in 2011 were substantially less than those filed in 2010. The Township is hopeful to see a continued reduction on 2012.
- The Township collected $354,762 from employees in health insurance contributions in 2011 and estimates collection of more than $400,000 in 2012.
- The Township experiences savings through shared service agreements with other municipalities and the Middletown Board of Education.
- The governor’s 2% cap levy law was instituted in 2011.
- On average, Township levy increases have been lower than Monmouth County and the state in the last decade.