WARREN, NJ - At the last Township Committee meeting, the committee discussed a tentative budget for 2014 of $17.9 million, which would reflect a 0.7 percent increase over the 2013 approved budget.
 
The actual budget will be introduced at the April 3 meeting.
 
 
The amount to be raised by taxes is $12.717 million, which would mean that an owner of an average home assessed at $661,753 would see an increase of $95 in their municipal tax bill.
 
The township’s approved 2013 budget was $17.7 million.

 
The infrastructure will be an important part of the 2014 budget.
 
“We have put well over $800,000 over the last two years into road overlay. Given the terrible winter that we have had so far, I am a little concerned in the production of the amount of overlay,” said Committeewoman Carolann Garafola.
 
Mayor Gary DiNardo said, "As important as it is to get taxes down to a bare minimum, we should never do it at the cost of losing infrastructure. I have found in the past 13-15 years that when doing that it has cost us more than two folds. Overlays are a very important part of the structure of Warren Township."
 
The municipality is only responsible for a small portion of the overall tax increase. Committeeman Victor Sordillo explained that the town’s share of the entire property tax bill comes in at about 11 percent.
 
Committee members passed an ordinance providing an appropriation of $4.75 million for the construction of a new municipal building annex. The ordinance authorized the issuance of $4.5 million in bonds or notes of the township for financing part of the appropriation.The annex is slated to be built on the location of two old trailers that are in need of replacement and have an exterior style similar to the Warren Township Library.
 
The addition would make the municipal complex compliant with disability laws, and modernize the police department facilities.
 
 
The committee thanked the many volunteer organizations that have fund raised for services and facilities without creating any additional burden on the taxpayers.