RARITAN TWP, NJ - The Raritan Township Committee unanimously approved the 2020 budget by way of a conference call, established in the interest of social distancing amid a continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

The conference call took place on Monday, and the public able to listen to the meeting by way of several access phone numbers.

Committee member Lou Reiner praised the budget before its passage.  

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“The tax rates remain essentially flat now for five straight years,” he said. “Our debt is considerably down from a high point of $19 million in 2016 to about $14 million now.”

“We’re in very good fiscal shape,” he added.

Mayor Jeff Kuhl echoed Reiner’s sentiments before final passage. He deemed it “a responsible healthy budget” for the township.

“We have a lot of good things in this budget for the residents of the town,” he said, “keeping everything healthy.”

When the $19.2 million budget was introduced at the end of February, Kuhl noted an increase to the property tax rate by less than half a percent. That translates to the average household in the township paying an additional $8.29. The budget includes cybersecurity upgrades, a new fire truck and road repairs.