ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- In a video message to residents Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried spoke directly to the community Sunday to remind them that during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic "we are all in this together, and we remain committed to you - our residents." He also addressed ongoing local government functions such as crafting a municipal budget, 

This video comes after Fried formally introduced his Administration's proposed Robbinsville Municipal 2020 Budget during Thursday night's Township Council meeting. Fried said that he had "planned a tax decrease but that would not be prudent at this time."

"It is not wise to cut taxes until we fully understand what we are facing" with the impact of the coronovirus on the economy.  

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"We will do everything on our part to reduce stress on families," added Fried.

The budget proposal, however, will keep municipal taxes flat. This will be the eighth year that the municipal tax rate has been flat or reduced. 

"Going forward I will be allocating significant funding to increase health services in the form of adding emergency equipment and supplies, especially for our first responders. We fully expect to be reimbursed by FEMA so none of that cost would fall into the laps of our residents," Fried assured.

Fried has proposed an additional $200,000 for the local Office of Emergency Management to allow for potential costs incurred by COVID-19. There is also an additional $130,000 for trash and recycling collection; an increase of $90,000 in pension payment; $122,000 to pay down debt; and $900,000 for local street repairs.  

"I would also like to applaud the Robbinsville School District for also remaining flat on the tax front this year. I want to thank the Board of Education and Superintendent Kathie Foster for the work they put into the school budget. It is critical that we all hold the line on taxes this year, especially in light of all that is happening around us today," added Fried. 

Fried also announced that the annual State of the Township Pay it Forward event will not be live this year, because of the ban on large gatherings. It will instead be delivered via video on Tuesday, April 28. This year's cause and them will be “We (Love) our R’Ville Neighbors.”  

"We are asking that you still consider contributing. Now more than ever, we have folks in dire need," urged Fried. 

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