SOMERVILLE, NJ - The average residential tax bill in Somerset County will increase by $55.13 in the proposed 2021-22 county budget, based on the $455,363 median assessed valuation of a home 

The proposed $255,124,222.53 budget includes $203,331,344.95 to be raised by taxation. The tax rate increase is .35 percent. 

County taxes represent only a portion of the typical tax bill in Somerset County; local municipal taxes, and local school taxes make up the balance for each homeowner

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The preliminary budget as proposed by the Somerset County Board of County Commissioners maintains essential services and maintains the county's Triple A Bond Rating, according to Director Shanel Robinson.

“The 2021 budget that we have created strikes the balance by being compassionate yet fiscally responsible. This budget ensures that we continue to provide all current services, while being able to add additional services such as free COVID testing and vaccinations for Somerset County residents,” Robinson said. “This budget will also maintain the county’s triple-A bond rating, that permits us to get the best value for our tax dollars related to capital projects and investments that make Somerset County stand out among the other Counties within the state.”

Somerset County has seen an increase in home values this year which represents a 2.4 percent increase in ratables. “This increase shows that we are maintaining a high quality of life for our community and that we continue to be a place where people want to work and live,” said Deputy Director Sara Sooy. 

A public hearing on the proposed county budget will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11. Residents are encouraged to participate and watch the public hearing via a Zoom link contained on the County’s webpage or on the county’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SomersetCountyNJ.

Prior to the meeting questions and comments can be sent to countyboardmeeting@co.somerset.nj.us.

According to Robinson, the 2021 county budget will:

  • Continue providing COVID vaccination and testing at no cost to the residents of Somerset County
  • Maintain 248 miles of county roads and 752 bridges.
  • Maintain 38 parks, recreation and open space areas encompassing 15,000 acres.
  • Fund nearly 200 shared services with local governments and other organizations in the county.
  • Fund the Vocational-Technical High School, Raritan Valley Community College, Board of Social Services, Somerset County Business Partnership and Somerset County Park Commission.
  • Fully fund the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy.
  • Fund the Somerset County Business Partnership.

According to Robinson, the budget includes shared services that save taxpayer dollars:

  • Encouraging municipalities to take advantage of the Somerset County Marketplace.
  • Recycling for all 21 municipalities, including schools.
  • Transportation services for five municipalities and three nonprofit organizations.
  • Vehicle maintenance for 14 municipalities.
  • Vehicle fuel for over 50 agencies.
  • Statewide emergency services training.
  • Health services for nine municipalities.
  • Full dispatch service for 16 municipalities (one out of county), 41 fire departments and 17 EMS stations.
  • A statewide cooperative purchasing program.

Visit http://bit.ly/SCBudget2021 to view the budget document and budget presentation.