RARITAN TWP., N.J. – The Raritan Township Committee introduced it’s 2020 budget that is just a tad higher than last year, with an expected increase of $110,090.59‬.

Mayor Jeff Kuhl said the $19.2 million budget puts the township in solid shape but “unfortunately, expenses do go up.”

One of those increasing costs is healthcare for municipal employees, which will cost an additional $380,000. The committee has appropriated $2.8 million to cover it.  

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The township will also spend $76,400 on cybersecurity upgrades, namely for technology and equipment. Cybersecurity costs are expected to go down next year.

The township’s budget includes $1.7 million for road repairs, $350,000 to improve facilities and $750,000 for a new fire truck.

Also increasing with the new budget is the property tax rate, by less than a half percent. That roughly translates to around $8 per average household.

No residents were in attendance at the special committee session on Friday morning when the budget was introduced. But they will have a chance to comment on the spending plan during a hearing scheduled for 5:30 p.m. March 30 when a final vote is also expected to take place.