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First Local Tax Rate Cut In Years In Proposed Township Budget

First Local Tax Rate Cut In Years In Proposed Township Budget

The $59.3 million budget introduced Feb. 28 by the Township Council carries something that hasn’t been seen in quite a while: a decrease in the local portion of the property tax rate. The decrease is slight and varies depending upon whether a property has been reassessed in the last year, but it’s a decrease, nonetheless. […]

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Township Puts Final Touches On 2017 Budget; Looks To Be Less Than 2016

Township Puts Final Touches On 2017 Budget; Looks To Be Less Than 2016

Township officials anticipate the 2017 budget will allow them to do a little more with a little less. As in, a little more in services with a little less spending. And that’s even after creating one new full-time position, increasing a current part-time position to full-time, and adding another part-time position, at a price tag […]

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Township Council Moves To Buy Two Parcels Of Land

Township Council Moves To Buy Two Parcels Of Land

The Township Council Feb. 14 introduced ordinances earmarking more than $650,000 to purchase two pieces of property. The ordinances will have a public hearing and final adoption vote at the council’s Feb. 28 meeting. One ordinance allocates $511,600 from the Open Space Trust Fund to buy a lot on Bunker Hill Road known as the […]

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Township Council Holds First 2017 Budget Hearing, Told Of $400,000 Increase In Water Cost

Township Council Holds First 2017 Budget Hearing, Told Of $400,000 Increase In Water Cost

The Township Council held the first of two scheduled budget hearings on Feb. 13, with a handful of department heads on hand to make the case for their budget requests. The second budget hearing is slated for Feb. 21, and the council is expected to introduce the 2017 budget later in the month. Presenting their […]

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Updated: Township To Purchase Consolata Missionaries Property For $14 Million

Updated: Township To Purchase Consolata Missionaries Property For $14 Million

Update: Ordinances approving the purchase and allocating the money for the purchase were approved on final reading Feb. 14 by the Township Council. Original Story: The township will pay about $14 million to buy the Consulate Missionaries property on Route 27. The Township Council introduced ordinances to further the purchase at its Jan. 24 meeting. The […]

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Township Council Buys More Than $360,000 In Good And Services

Township Council Buys More Than $360,000 In Good And Services

A $160,000 playground system for Inman Park was among the more than $360,000 in good and services purchases authorized Dec. 13 by the Township Council. That contract – totaling $160,699 – went to MRC of Spring Lake. The council also authorized: A $12,460 contract for four portable radar signs from All Traffic Solutions of State […]

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Township Council Contracts For $194,000 In Goods And Services

Township Council Contracts For $194,000 In Goods And Services

The Township Council at its Oct. 25 meeting voted to purchase $194,245 worth of goods and services. The items contracted for were: A one-year extension of the contract to print the township newsletter with Hawk Graphics of Mt. Freedom, at a rate not-to-exceed: $40,000. A one-year extension of the contract for portable veterinary services for the […]

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State Supreme Court Rules Township Digital Billboard Ban Unconstitutional

State Supreme Court Rules Township Digital Billboard Ban Unconstitutional

The state Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the township’s ban on digital billboards. The court made its decision on Sept. 15. The case was argued in March. In making its ruling, the Supreme Court reversed an earlier decision by the state Appellate Court, which had found in favor of the township. In making its decision, the […]

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Town Officials To Christie: Fix Route 518 Bridge; Christie To Town Officials: No

Town Officials To Christie: Fix Route 518 Bridge; Christie To Town Officials: No

Saying “enough is enough,” officials from the township and surrounding towns went public the morning of Aug. 19 in their effort to restore funding for the replacement of the Route 518 bridge at Canal Road. But that rush-hour protest, as well as other bridge-related lobbying efforts directed at Gov. Chris Christie’s administration, has so far […]

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Contract Awarded For Middlebush Park Concession Stand

Contract Awarded For Middlebush Park Concession Stand

A Port Monmouth construction company will supply the township with a concession stand for Middlebush Park. The Township Council awarded the $412,939 contract July 12 to Whirl Construction. The company’s web site says that it has been “a leader in park and playground construction since 1982.” The bid came in under budget; the council had […]

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