Your tax dollars at work. The 2023 budget details for Warren County’s biggest towns.

May 14, 2023

Warren County municipalities had until April 28 to set their spending plans for 2023, including general fund budgets covering the costs of public services.

By and large, property taxes pay for most services, and budgets are kept fairly unremarkable, but one consistent trend we noticed, across municipalities, was the approval of relatively flat or low tax rates compared to previous years.

According to Marc Pfeiffer, assistant director at Bloustein Local Government Research Center at Rutgers University, this trend was to be expected. Since towns are still trying to grapple with the long-term impacts of COVID shutdown and the cost increases created by ongoing inflation, local governments are doing what they can to make up for their losses without crippling their residents, he said.

“The predominant issue for towns this year will be balancing their needs against the demands of inflation and those things that inflation brings with it,” Pfeiffer said.

Higher health insurance premium costs for public employees, greater demands on capital improvement funding due to labor and product shortages, and increases in solid waste removal costs are among a number of the things tying up budgets this year…

“It’s different from town to town,” Pfeiffer said. “Ideally the town should keep a surplus that is a percentage of their revenues and consistent from year to year.”

Other signs of a healthy budget include conservative spending plans and reliable sources of revenue, he added— but ultimately, it’s up to the residents to decide.

Lehigh Valley Live, May 14, 2023

Recent Posts

Voorhees Transportation Center seeks new Executive Director

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) seeks a new Executive Director who will oversee the center’s research program, technical services and other initiatives, including external relations, communications, business development, and fundraising. The Executive...

How the heat will continue to affect your commute

Clinton J. Andrews, director of the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University, joins Drive Time with Michael Wallace to discuss how the heat affects transit infrastructure in and around the city.    WCBS AM-NY, July 11, 2024

Chen et al. Leverage GPS Data for HIV Prevention

Using GPS-defined venue-based affiliation networks among Black sexually minoritized men and transgender women to identify locations for HIV prevention interventions Purpose HIV biomedical intervention uptake is suboptimal among Black sexually minoritized men (SMM) and...

Report Release: R/ECON Forecast Summer 2024

By Will Irving READ REPORT R/ECON’s economic forecast for New Jersey as of June 2024 continues to show a slowing trajectory, though the decline in annual GDP growth is not as pronounced as in the prior forecast. The anticipated slowdown has also been deferred from...

Dean Shapiro: Reflections on the Chevron Decision

With Chevron overturned, Americans’ faith in government will sink even further On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned the 1984 decision Chevron v. NRDC, critical in American regulatory policy. Under Chevron, courts were to defer to federal agency interpretations of...

Upcoming Events

Event Series CAREERS

Virtual Career Drop-ins

Virtual

Stop by virtually on Mondays (except for holidays) beginning September 9th through December 16th between 11 am and 1 pm to ask a quick (15 min) career-related question of Bloustein […]