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Slight Tax Decrease In Proposed Township 2021 Budget

Slight Tax Decrease In Proposed Township 2021 Budget

Township property owners will see a slight decrease in the municipal portion of their 2021 property taxes under the $63.2 million budget introduced by the Township Council at its April 13 virtual meeting. The $63,243,699.96 budget – which weighs in $274,513.76 less than the 2020 budget – is powered by a local tax levy of […]

Updates On County Road Work

Updates On County Road Work

The Somerset County Engineering Department has announced updates to its road resurfacing schedule. Milling and paving along South Middlebush Road, from Amwell Road to Buffa Drive, is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 8 and 9. Similar work on South Middlebush, from Route 27 to 800 feet north of Blackwells Road, is […]

Township Slated To Receive Nearly $7 Million From Federal COVID Relief Program

Township Slated To Receive Nearly $7 Million From Federal COVID Relief Program

Franklin Township is in line to receive more than $6.8 million in direct, flexible aid through the recently passed federal American Rescue Plan. Franklin’s $6,819,531.17 is the largest amount of the aid earmarked for any Somerset County town, according to a joint press release issued by U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez. Somerset County […]

Big-Ticket Budget Items Discussed At Council Budget Session

Big-Ticket Budget Items Discussed At Council Budget Session

New vehicles and equipment for the township police and public works departments, improvements to parks and upgrades in software and hardware systems highlighted the Township Council’s second 2021 budget hearing on March 10. The nearly three-hour session featured mostly capital improvement requests, the big-ticket items in the yearly spending plan. The township wants to spend […]

Updated: School District Previews 2021-22 Budget

Updated: School District Previews 2021-22 Budget

Update: The Board of Education adopted its preliminary budget at its March 17 meeting. Original Story: New teachers, a beefed-up remedial summer program and more safety and security measures in township schools are just some of the items the school district hopes to fund with its preliminary $172.1 million operating budget for the 2021-22 school […]

Residents Encouraged To Report Potholes, Street Issues

Residents Encouraged To Report Potholes, Street Issues

Spring is in the air, and young public works’ employees’ minds turn to filling potholes. The annual pothole repair program is underway, and township officials are asking for help from residents in finding them. A special page has been created on the township web site – located by clicking here – on which potholes and […]

Township Council Hears First Details Of ‘Boring’ Budget

Township Council Hears First Details Of ‘Boring’ Budget

There were no shocks or surprises in the first hearing for the 2021 township budget, something for which township officials were thankful. The majority of the 18 or so departments that presented their funding asks were either flat from last year or had decreases. Some departments’ requests reflected a belief that the COVID-19 pandemic would […]

Claremont Road School To Go Solar

Claremont Road School To Go Solar

Claremont Road School’s electricity will soon be supplied via solar energy, thanks to a decision made February 25 by the Board of Education. The Board voted to approve an $813,501 contract for the solar installation to EZNERGY NJ of Brick. The solar panels will be installed on the school’s roof. Board member Ed Potosnak said […]

School Board Gets Clean Bill Of Financial Health

School Board Gets Clean Bill Of Financial Health

The school district’s 2020 financial reporting was given the thumb’s-up on February 25 by district auditors. Districts must conduct audits of their financial reports each year, and a report submitted to the Board of Education along with a list of recommendations, if any. District auditor Gary Vinci told the Board at their meeting that he […]

Township Council Ok’s More Than $120,000 In Services Contracts

Township Council Ok’s More Than $120,000 In Services Contracts

Contracts worth more than $120,000 were approved February 9 by the Township Council. The Council approved contracts to provide employee health services, and for maintenance for the township 9-1-1 system. A $30,000 contract for employee health services was awarded to Robert Wood Johnson Physician Enterprise P.A./Urgent Med of Philadelphia. According to the contract, services to […]

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