GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Under the township’s proposed $27.7 million budget, homeowners will see a tax-rate reduction for the fourth year in a row.
The budget would give homeowners with property assessed at $150,000 a $35.85 reduction in their municipal taxes from 2017.
“The tax rate is going to go down 2.4 cents,” Leon Costello, township auditor, said. “So this will be the fourth straight decrease and one (year of) no increase, which was even. So it’s five years in a row of either a decrease or no change.”
“This is incredible news,” Mayor Anthony J. Coppola Jr. said.
“This is a sound budget,” Coppola said. “I think it’s conservative. … I think this is a responsible budget that’s going to put us in a good position for next year.”
The budget is supported by a $16.7 million tax levy. If approved, the municipal tax rate will be 61.8 cents per $100 of assessed value, down from 64.2 cents.
A public hearing is set for March 27. The plan will be available for residents to review on the township’s website, www.gtnj.org.
In other business, two ordinances were adopted that will keep the fire permit and inspection fees consistent with the amount the state charges.
“Just to be clear, this is not a significant dollar amount in the grand scheme of things,” Chris Johansen, township manager, said.
Fire inspections that are required to be scheduled within four business days will increase from $125 to $161. Those that must be scheduled from four to 10 days out will go from $70 to $90. For inspections more than 10 days out, the cost will increase from $35 to $45, Johansen said.
“These are one-time fees, not annual fees,” Coppola said.
In addition, a resolution was passed that formally opposes an Assembly bill proposing internet gambling at state racetracks.
“Anything we can do to keep work locally and to keep our residents employed or to give them the ability to earn a living to support their family,” Councilman Tony DiPietro said. “That’s something that I’m willing to stand behind.”