FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners has adopted the County’s $474,085,000 budget for 2022. The budget, introduced on March 8, was adopted at the April 14 Commissioner Meeting.
“I am proud of the County’s 2022 Budget and happy to report that there is no proposed tax increase,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “Over the last ten years, the County has been able to maintain or improve services and minimize the overall tax impact on residents through several important initiatives including privatization and shared services.”
Some of the major cost increases in the 2022 County Budget include employee health benefits, state pension costs, gas and diesel fuel and elections-related costs. Most of these costs have been offset by anticipated increases in revenue for the County Clerk and Parks Department, surplus generated by the successful privatization of the Reclamation Center and utilization of federal funding for revenue replacement under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
Over the last 12 years, the County’s budget has decreased by nearly $20 million from a peak of $493.4 million in 2010 to the current $474 million spending plan in 2022.
“The Board continues to take a conservative approach to budgeting and focus on long-term planning,” said Commissioner Nick DiRocco, liaison to the Department of Finance. “The 2022 County Budget maintains and improves vital County services, continues investment in County infrastructure and other capital improvements and protects the County’s long standing Aaa Bond Rating.”
The annual budget covers the cost of maintaining 1,000 lane miles of roads, more than 900 bridges, 16,000 acres of County parks, emergency management services, 911 emergency communications, law enforcement through the Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s offices, elections, deed recording and passport services in the County Clerk’s Office, probates and adoptions through the Surrogate’s office as well as numerous additional programs and benefits.
Copies of the County budget are available on the Monmouth County website at www.visitmonmouth.com.