PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Town Council voted to adopt the CY 2021 Municipal Budget on Tuesday.

The $79.9 million budget includes nearly $12 million for police department salaries and almost $1.3 million in overtime, amounts higher than other departments.

“It is our largest department, and police officers in general make more money than our average municipal employee,” said township Business Administrator, Timothy Dacey when asked during the council meeting.

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“We were down ten or eleven police officer positions this year that we could not fill because of COVID,” he explained, adding the department just hired two new officers in over a year.

“There were no police academies operating so we weren’t able to recruit people, so we were down for the vast majority of 2020 leading into 2021,” said Dacey. “With COVID, we did have a lot of overtime, most of which was reimbursed by the federal government. It shows up in the budget, but we are entitled to be reimbursed.”

Township clerk, Melissa Seader presented summary of revenues and appropriations for the 2021 budget listing the following:

Appropriations and authorizations in the amounts of:

  • $48,011,898.61 for municipal purposes
  • $2,877,359 minimum library levy

Summary of revenues:

  • General revenues (surplus anticipated) $11,370,765.33
  • Miscellaneous revenues anticipated $16,663,721.30
  • Receipts from delinquent taxes $1,000,000
  • Amount to be raised by taxation for municipal purposes $48,011,898.68
  • Amount to be raised by taxation-minimum library levy $2,877,359
  • Total revenues $79,923,744.31

Summary of appropriations

  • General appropriations within CAPS operations including contingent $45,141,548
  • Deferred charges and statutory expenditures-municipal $7,282,511
  • Total operations excluded from CAP $7,976,181.47
  • Capital improvements $4,670,000
  • Municipal debt service $10,302,879.31
  • Deferred charges – municipal $2,393,187.07
  • Reserved for uncollected taxes $2,157,436.46
  • Total appropriations $79,923,743.31

The township is going into its fourth year with a reduced municipal tax rate of 12.8 percent and maintains a “AA+ stable” bond rating from Standard & Poor’s, and Moody’s Aa1 (stable) general obligation rating, the second-highest ranking from the two agencies, said officials.

Click here to review the full CY2021 Municipal Budget for Piscataway Township.


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