SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith and Township CFO Ted Georgiou announced this week that Scotch Plains will see the lowest tax increase in a decade. 

"I'm happy to announced that during these trying times in 2020, Scotch Plains has the lowest tax rate increase in 10+ years," Theodore Georgiou said. "This is great news for our residents, the overall residential impact is just $102 per household (just 0.75% higher than last year)."

Elements of the tax dollars are as follows:

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  • The municipal tax rate was flat,
  • Union County decreased 1.04%
  • The SPFK12 school budget went up about 2%,  
  • The Scotch Plains Library contribution (mandated by the state) increased 1.8%

"This is really good news," added Mayor Smith. "I just want to say thank you to the Council, the employees, the managers and the employees to make this 0 increase for the municipal part (of the budget). At the same time, we are trying to provide more services like branch pickups.