Property taxes could go up almost $130 on the average homeowner in Spotswood, under a $9.9 million budget that goes before the Township Council Monday night, while a spending plan on the table in Monroe could actually cut property taxes.
In Spotswood, Councilman Curtis Stollen says even though the blueprint is about $140,000 more than last year, he calls it a "maintenance budget" aimed at not cutting services. State aid remained flat this year, and $1.1 million was used from surplus to balance out the spending plan. The average homeowner would see their property taxes rise about $128 next year, if adopted. Items include the resurfacing of several boro roads, a 911 dispatch system upgrade, and security improvements at the municipal building.
As for Monroe, a recent revaluation is expected to lead to a drop in local property taxes. The Township Council Monday night is expected to meet on a $51.4 million spending plan that's a million dollars more than last year, but would mean an average drop in property taxes of just over $24. It includes money to hire one full-time police officer and two full-time EMTs. Business Administrator Wayne Hamilton says the revaluation was a factor, as are additional ratables in town, up to about $7 billion, double last year's figure. Mayor Richard Pucci didn't address the spending plan at its introduction, but is expected to tonight.