NEW BRUNSWICK – Mayor James Cahill has proposed a $94.5 million budget with funding to hire police and firefighters and improve parks and the city water system, but carries an average $111 tax hike for property owners.

In a budget message posted on the city website, Cahill outlined plans to continue renovations of city parks, including Feaster and Kossuth parks. There are plans for new fitness stations at Alice Jennings Archibald Park and Buccleuch Park, with equipment allowing users to plug mobile devices and access music and guided workouts. Spray parks would be added to Joyce Kilmer Park and Alice Jennings Archibald Park.

The proposed budget has funds for hiring 12 police officers and five firefighters, and the purchase of a pumper firetruck. Funding is also included for new roofs for city hall and the library.

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There is also money to renovate the city water system, and to buy generators at the Delaware and Raritan Canal pumping station and the water treatment and distribution plant. The city would also have additional revenue to continue the watermeter replacement program.

New Brunswick will begin rehabilitation of abandon property, anda  total of $1.3 million is included to continue a sewer main repair and upgrade program that began last year. Under Cahill’s budget, which must still be reviewed by the city council, the property tax rate would increase 4.7 cents per $100 assessed value.

Property assessed at $269,590, the average for the city, would see a $111 increase in property taxes, the mayor said.

“We remain dedicated to providing the best possible services at the best possible cost,” Cahill said.