SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Springfield Township Committee is moving forward on crafting the 2019 municipal budget.

Passing the first step in resolution 2019-142, the members of the township committee voted to approve the initial budget and send it to the hearing process before final approval. Clocking in at $33,466,261.25, the projected budget would be the largest in town history, eclipsing the 2018 budget of $33,078,226.68.

The following is a breakdown of the major areas of the 2019 municipal budget:

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  • The anticipated cost of operating salaries and wages will be increased $274,260.41 over the amount allocated in the 2018 budget, accounting for 207 full and part-time employees of the township, up six from last year.
  • Capital improvement expenditures will also increase by $20,000 dollars in the anticipated budget.
  • On the revenue side, the anticipated budget surplus is expected to decrease by $54,143 from the 2018 budget.
  • However, the revenue recouped from receipts of delinquent taxes is projected to increase $17,000.

Along with the overall budget, the dedicated pool utility budget is anticipated to be $751,000 dollars in 2019, up $44,798 from 2018.

As part of the budget process, a hearing on the budget and tax resolution will be held on May 14, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. during the township committee meeting. Residents wishing to voice comments or concerns on the budget can do so at that time.

Additionally, detailed copies of the budget are available in the office of Springfield Township Clerk Linda Donnelly. Donelly's office is located at 100 Mountain Avenue in Springfield and can be accessed Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.