RARITAN, NJ - The Raritan Borough Council approved its 2019 budget, set at more than $11 million and including a flat tax rate.

The council unanimously approved the budget May 14.

The 2019 budget appropriations and revenues are set at $11,317,396.66, a flat budget from 2018.

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According to borough administrator Dan Jaxel, the most significant increase this year is for the 2019 Sewerage Authority costs, which increased over 2018 because of large rainfalls last year. The costs rose from $1,153,900 in 2018 to $1,362,100 this year.

The council also approved an amendment to the budget for additional monies for specific line items, but Jaxel said the budget will still remain flat.

Instead of accepting the increases, Jaxel said, they are increasing expected construction code fees to cover the appropriation increases, so the municipal portion of the 2019 tax rate will be flat and not increase over 2018.

The line items including increases will be for police department accreditation, additional electrical inspections for the active development in Raritan, development of a comprehensive pedestrian and bike safety plan and a park improvement.