MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee introduced its 2017 budget with a tax levy increase of just under the 2% cap at the March 28 committee meeting. Township Administrator Victor Canning called it “reasonable and responsible.”

The budget represents a tax levy increase of 1.944, or a tax increase of $52.78 on the average assessed home value of $528,522.

“We’ve recently had $274,000 in cuts to this budget to arrive to this point,” Canning said. “It meets the needs of this community while protecting us from future liability by setting up reserves. It contains good financial mechanisms.”

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Read TAPinto Montville’s complete coverage of the discussions which led up to this budget here: March 16   Jan. 31   Jan. 24   Jan. 21   Jan. 10   The complete budget can be read here: budget.

Child Abuse Prevention Proclamation

The township committee proclaimed April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month in the township.

“Children are vital to our state and community’s future success, prosperity and quality of life as well as being our most vulnerable assets,” Mayor James Sandham read from the proclamation. “All children deserve to have the safe, stable, nurturing homes and communities they need to foster their healthy growth and development. Child abuse and neglect are a community responsibility affecting both the current and future quality of life of a community.”

Montville Township Women’s Club President Alexandria Sarra noted the club is sponsoring  an educational program to help prevent sexual predation of children called the “Enough Abuse Campaign” on April 25. For more information click here: Enough Abuse.

Other News

Paul Mudd was honored for his two years on the Montville Township Planning Board and the Historic Preservation Review Commission. Mudd will be moving out of the township.

The committee voted to introduce on April 25 a pipeline ordinance designed to restrict pipeline routes through the township.

The sidewalk from Lazar Middle School to Church Lane is scheduled to be constructed in early May.

Aquifer levels are slated to be discussed at the April 25 meeting.

The next township committee meeting will be on Tuesday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m., and will celebrate the chartering of Montville Township, commemorating its sesquicentennial. Due to this commemoration, the budget will not be voted on until the following meeting.