BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Bernards Township Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday night was called off as a result of the snow and ice that also shut schools, many businesses and other public places. Township officials say that items that were on the agenda for the March 14 meeting all will be moved to the scheduled March 28 meeting. 

2017 budget introduction now set for March 28

That includes the presentation and introduction of the proposed 2017 municipal budget, which is already posted on the township website. All Bernards Township Committee meetings are held in the main meeting rooms/courtroom at Town Hall at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.

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If adopted as proposed, the total $38,096,176.64 municipal budget for 2017 would add another $24.39 onto the average township home, which this year is assessed at $627,418, according to township figures.

Municipal taxes account for about 12.7 percent of a homeowner's total property tax bill, according to township figures. Most of the total property tax bill, an estimated 65.1 percent, pays for local schools, while an estimated 16.8 percent goes to pay for the township's assessment of its assessment for the Somerset County budget. 

Public hearing for budget scheduled for April 11

A public hearing on the this year's budget is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11. The Township Committee is also scheduled to vote that night on adoption of a final budget.

Other items on the March 14 Township Committee agenda included resolutions commending winners of the mayor's arts awards; appropriation of $280,000 of funds set aside for various capital improvement projects; and more.