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Aberdeen Council Introduces Budget with 6.3% Increase in Tax Rate

The council intends to fine tune the budget now that it has been introduced.

Correction: This article originally indicated the percent tax increase was 6.6 percent over the 2012 tax rate. The percent increase in the introduced budget in 6.3 percent.

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The Aberdeen Township Council introduced a municipal budget with a $804,938.97 increase at their March 20 meeting.

The $16,333,733.06 budget, which the council said is a work in progress, includes an approximately $601,389.83 increase in the tax levy from the adopted 2012 budget to $10,690,313.82. About $719,969 of the tax levy is allotted for the Matawan Aberdeen Public Library. 

The tax rate would also see an increase if it were adopted as is, from 48.7 cents per $100 of a property's assessed value to 51.77 cents. Although there is a 6.3 percent increase in the tax rate, the budget complies with state standards, Township Administrator Holly Reycraft said. Municipalities are allowed to exceed the state's two percent budget cap to meet employee health and pension requirements, debt service and emergency spending requirements, such as that incurred in Hurricane Sandy.

Currently, the average Aberdeen home is valued at $282,000 which results in $1,373.34 in municipal taxes for the year or about $114.45 a month. That same home would see their taxes increase to $1,459.91 a year or about $121.66 per month.

Councilman Gregory Cannon emphasized that it is important to take into consideration all of the services that the taxes allow the township to provide to residents, such as the police department, first aid, single stream recycling, street lights, storm clean up, recreation activities, a senior center, a library and snow and leaf removal. 

"Those are just some of the things that the town provides to the residents for essentially $121 a month," he said. "That's less than my cable bill."

Even so, the council plans to work over the next few weeks to trim the budget wherever possible to limit the impact on the taxpayer. 

"The ultimate goal is to stabilize the tax rate in Aberdeen and make life affordable for all residents," Cannon said. 

Reycraft explained that the township is also still waiting to find out how much in reimbursements they will receive from FEMA, which could reduce the budget.

Last year, between the budget introduction and the approval of the final budget, the township was able to reduce the tax levy by $31,690. 

A date has not yet been set for a public hearing on the budget, which the council must hold before adopting the finalized version.

john moore March 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM
was'nt the solar energy suppose to save money? Why should we still have to pay, where's the money that the township save's on electric going.Don't lie to us..
Michael E. March 25, 2013 at 03:33 PM
it's going to the "Entitlements", not only are teachers and school bus drivers ($26 an hour plus overtime) very well compensated, they get 10 sick and 10 personal days a year that if not used, are paid when they retire at a greater rate then when they accrued them. The employee, along with their spouse and children, gets incredible health benefits and pensions. Why should a spouse get health benefits just because the other spouse works for the school district? Why should my exhorbitant taxes be used for benefits for those who do not work in the town? Forget about the nepotism that goes on. Yep, it isn't what you know but who you are related to that matters. Unions had their use at one time and now they are just a gimme more institution. Wouldn't you like a job where you are gauranteed a raise every year? So would I. Instead, we just get to pay for it.
Rich K March 25, 2013 at 08:48 PM
does this mean you can have the water company repave the streets they left "patched" after the water pipe broke
Brian March 25, 2013 at 09:24 PM
LEECHES LEACHING. To some, that $121.00 "less then my cable" bill is enough that they choose not to have a cable bill.
Pat March 26, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Gas prices up, tolls up, food costs up, utilities up, fed taxes up, healthcare costs up, insurance up, unemployment high. Exactly where do they think this money is coming from? Guess a lot of us will be up and outta here very soon! Very sad to be taxed out of your home.
Tara Lalevee March 26, 2013 at 02:53 AM
My taxes are over 800 a month...after reassessment...this is a bunch of crap
MS March 26, 2013 at 04:56 PM
And i woukd like to know what Sandy cleanup have they done??!!! The beach area of Aberdeen is a disaster!!
anooolka March 26, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Time to move out!
supbro March 26, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Bullcrap. They are supposed to cap this crap at 2%.
Clyde Jones March 26, 2013 at 11:02 PM
This council still increased taxes last year by $415,642.22 around 3.3%. We are near 10% for the last year and this year. What ever happened to the 2% property tax cap? We need to vote for someone else.

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