UNION, NJ – The municipal taxes of the owner of an average house in Union would increase by about $62 under a new budget introduced Monday by the Union Township Committee.

The proposed $94.8 million budget is about 1.2 percent bigger than the 2016 spending plan, thereby coming under the state-mandated 2 percent spending cap, said Union Business Administrator Ronald Manzella and Assistant Business Administrator Tammie Kopin.

The 2017 Township Budget was presented to the Township Committee and the public on Monday at an open meeting at Town Hall.  It is anticipated that the budget will be recommended for adoption at the May 9 Township Committee meeting.

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Kopin outlined the budget goals and action items:

·       Demonstrate the best financial management practices and fiscal responsibility

·       Maintain and upgrade critical Township assets and infrastructure

·       Maintain and promote public safety

·       Increase emphasis on smart planning and redevelopment

·       Expand communication efforts and improve the Township’s connection to the community

·       Utilize talent, knowledge and ingenuity of the Township’s personnel

·       Enhance customer service and accessibility

The 2017 budget allocation breakdown includes 22 percent apportioned to the Police Department, 18 percent for insurance, 6 percent for the Department of Public Works, 14 percent allocated to the Fire Department and 15 percent Other.  Kopin explained the Other category includes administration, legal and Municipal Clerk’s Office, Municipal Court, Prosecutor, Public Defender, Engineering, and other township departments and services.

Kopin outlined estimated property tax rate to be 46 percent School, 36 percent Municipal, 17 percent County and 1 percent Library.