Long Beach Township Introduces 2018 Budget

Mar 07, 2018

Long Beach Township has introduced its 2018 budget, which includes total general appropriations of $30,640,000, with the amount to be raised by municipal taxes $18,981,531, an increase of four-tenths of a cent per $100 assessed value. Last year’s budget clocked in at $27,842,000, with $18,528,202 raised by taxes.

For property owners, this means the municipal purpose tax on an average assessed home in the township – which is approximately $936,465 – will increase by $37.46.

In addition, the open space levy approved in last November’s referendum will add $93.65 to the tax bill for the average assessed residence.

Commissioner Joseph Lattanzi, who oversees revenue and finance, said much of the increase in the budget is due to police and employee pensions and long-term benefits. Water and sewer rates, meanwhile, remain flat from the previous year, and the medical benefit costs are unchanged as well.

“We run a pretty lean and mean operation,” especially for the large amount of money in and out of the township, said Lattanzi. The commissioner thanked the municipality’s longtime CFO Lisa Jones, who retired last week, as well as acting CFO Lydia D’Amore. “We’re confident she’ll do a great job,” he remarked of D’Amore.

D’Amore said Monday the township has about $3.3 million in reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, stemming from Superstorm Sandy, sitting in a reserve account that will show as revenue in this year’s budget, and will be used to pay down debt.

A summary of the 2018 budget will be available on the township website, longbeachtownship.com. The board of commissioners will take questions on the spending plan at its next meeting, at 4 p.m. Monday, April 9.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Commissioner Ralph Bayard announced that all township homeowners should receive a voucher for two reusable cloth shopping bags with their water and sewer bill. Residents can pick up the bags at town hall, at 6805 Long Beach Blvd. in Brant Beach. The municipality is promoting reusable bags following its ban on single-use plastic carryout bags at township businesses, which will go into effect this spring. —J.K.-H.

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