Harvey Cedars Budget Has Miniscule Tax Increase

May 24, 2017

The Harvey Cedars Borough Commission recently approved a 2017 municipal budget, which will be approximately $490,000 lower than what was spent last year. Laura Cohen, the borough’s chief financial officer, said the budget comes with a half-cent municipal purpose tax increase, which does not include schools or county taxes. Cohen said that for the owner of a home assessed at the borough average of $1 million, the municipal tax is approximately $2,560.

She said the budget does not include the 1-cent open space tax approved last year, which would add $100 to the owner of a home assessed at $1 million.

“Our budget went down because we were able to pay off more debt,” she said.

“We used more surplus than we would have liked, around $568,000, in large part because of the additional sand we put on the beach last year," said Deputy Mayor Judy Gerkens, who is finance commissioner.

Cohen said additional expenses for 2017 include a new police vehicle, mats at beach entrances and a motorized vehicle to transport disabled people on the beach.

“The mats will make it easier to walk along the entrances,” said Cohen. “People would have to call public works (609-494-6905) to be transported by the vehicle.” —E.E.

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