NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Fifty Middlesex County jobs will be cut under a $405 million budget proposed by the freeholders, according to

The job losses are necessary because of increases in pension costs and employee health insurance, and the loss of some state aid, the published report said.

The budget adds just 1 cent to the property tax rate.

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Freeholder Director Christopher Rafano called this year’s budget decisions “very tough.”

A public hearing on the plan is set for the freeholder’s Feb. 24 meeting.