SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Township Council members’ tabled adoption of the 2016 $49 million South Brunswick budget Tuesday night.

A final vote on the spending plan is now scheduled for April 26.

This was due to the council needing to pass and make a public notice on the amended budget, which if adopted, would increase the tax rate by 1-cent per $100 of assessed valuation.

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That would mean a $20 increase for a home assessed at $200,000.

Council members introduced a budget in March with a 2-cent per $100 of assessed value increase, but worked during the last month to bring that increase down.

“We put together an amendment that reduces three spending areas, and reduces the overall budget by $374,000,” said Township Councilman Joe Camarota. “The three areas are snow removal, salaries that weren’t in the departments, and charges that are being deferred to 2017. This will bring the amended budget to a taxation rate of 1-cent greater than last year.”

The April 26 hearing and adoption is scheduled for the day after the Board of Education holds its hearing on a $143.7 million spending plan that could increase that portion of the tax rate by 6-cents per $100 of assessed valuation, or about $120 for the owner of a home assessed at $200,000.

That meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on April 25 at Crossroads North Middle School.

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