Barnegat Signs Off on Town Budget of $26.4 Million

Apr 03, 2019

Without public comment at its meeting on April 2, the Barnegat Township Committee adopted a $26,492,597 municipal budget for 2019. The budget is approximately $700,000 higher than what was spent in 2018.

Thomas Lombarski, chief financial officer, said the municipal tax rate increased by slightly less than 1 cent per $100 assessed value. He said a resident assessed at the township average of $238,403 would see an increase of $25 (not including school and county taxes).

He said one of the main expense increases was for public works department projects, for which $277,000 was budgeted compared to $50,000 for last year. He said a new expense for the township is $65,000 for equipment for the volunteer fire company.

Lombarski said the budget also includes $85,000 for a lease purchase agreement to purchase a fire truck.

“Instead of bonding for it, we can pay $85,000 a year for the next 10 years,” he said. “If we can, we’re trying to get away from bonding.”

Lombarski said the budget also figures in a 1.95 percent salary increase for all township employees.

“We also have a $131,000 increase in our pension bill,” he said.

Lombarski said the budget was recently approved by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs following a review.

“This whole process began by going over expenditures with our department heads,” he said. “For the fourth year in a row, we have presented a budget in a timely fashion. It’s a sound budget which meets our needs.” E.E.

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