BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ If you want a chance to comment on the proposed $41.5- million Bernards Township municipal budget to fund local services for 2019, Tuesday night is your last chance.

The proposed municipal budget, which was unveiled earlier this year and formally introduced in March, is up for a public hearing and final vote on whether to adopt at the Bernards Township Committee meeting scheduled for 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the municipal building at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.

The proposed budget is outlined on the Bernards Township website. The entire meeting agenda for the Tuesday meeting is also posted online.

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If approved, the municipal budget would add an average of almost $30 more in annual municipal taxes on an average home, appraised at about $625,000.

As in 2018, the municipal budget as presented includes more than $6 million for long-term capital projects, including $4.45 million for local road and infrastructure improvements. 

Previously, Township Administrator Pat Monaco said that road surfaces no longer last as long as in previous decades, in particular because newly laid surfaces using recycled are more likely to crumble soon.

The proposed increase is below the annual state budget cap limiting spending increases to 2 percent, township officials said during previous budget discussions.