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Township Committee to Begin Talk on Municipal Budget

Budget discussion begins at tonight's caucus meeting; first budget workshop slated for March 15

The township committee will begin discussing the municipal budget at tonight’s caucus meeting at 7 p.m.

During the last week of February, Gov. Chris Christie released his proposed budget with municipal state aid figures. Lacey Township will receive flat state aid under Christie's proposed plan, with total formula aid maintained at  

“Given the cut in aid in recent years I am relieved this trend has stopped,” Mayor Mark Dykoff previously said.

But the committee does not yet know whether the township is in the black or red, Dykoff said. Dykoff also could not speculate as to whether cuts will be made or if taxes would increase.

“We will not know until the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) has incorporated all the numbers into the budget,” he said.

, the township faced a $3.2 million shortfall and raised taxes. For the average assessed house at $318,000, for the year and $6.32 per month.

Lacey will continue to work under the state-mandated 2 percent tax cap. “I for one am not in favor of a referendum to exceed the 2 percent cap,” Dykoff said. State law allows municipalities to budget beyond the cap if voters approve.

The township will be receiving $11,107,558 from the energy tax and $166,282 for the Garden State Trust, which decreased by $82,000 since 2010.

With the announcement of the in 2019, members of the committee were concerned that the state would continue to decrease its energy tax, which accounts for approximately 42.6 percent of their budget, according to township Administrator Veronica Laureigh. In 2010, the state cut $450,000 from Lacey’s energy tax.

The department heads have submitted their budget requests to the township administrator who will work with the CFO to present a budget to the committee, Dykoff said.

“I have no idea right now what we’re facing,” said Laureigh, who was also glad to see the stability in state aid this year.

Each department head was given a spreadsheet in November, Laureigh said. The proposals they submitted include decreases, increases, promotions and capital requests.

“We will begin reviewing them as soon as they are presented to the committee which should be shortly given the fact that we now have the state aid figures,” he said.

The township committee will be holding its first budget workshop meeting on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

Wise Owl March 08, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Remember to file your property tax appeals by April 2nd.
tr March 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The biggest problem, in stablizing Lacey Taxes is how, the executives (Board of Education) of this institution(Lacey School District) administer the distribution of the financial resources provided to them(Our Tax Dollars) to ensure the continued efficient return on the investment made by the stockholders (Lacey Citizens). If they were in the REAL WORLD and had handled their UNION Contingent in the manner that they continue to do, they would be discharged for incompetence or unethical colusionary nepotism. This organization needs a Human Resources Labor Relations professional who believes in the principle of "the same rotten deal for all" and who hates EVERYONE EQUALY. Over 66% of our taxes dollars are spent by the BOE, not the Township Committee. That is where the house cleaning has to begin. Competent and concerned members are needed on that board. Let us call it as it really is and correct what really needs to be corrected.
John March 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Since you felt it was needed to attack the union and the schools I felt I needed to comment..., I have one question...., have you read the School Report Card report? i will address two parts of the report...., the teachers in Lacey Township have larger class sizes then the state average. If the classes were any larger the education will be more affect then we are already seeing..., which some beleive is why the test results for the school system has dropped..., its cause and affect..., do you understand the concept of "cause and affect?"
tr March 08, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Based on the lastest posted "report card" on the BOE website, which is outdated(2010) the enrollment has been dropping for years, but the cost of education has gone up??? Cause and effect!!!! During the BOE budget process, now going on, why aren't they(BOE) posting updated information, other than they(BOE) want to continue to HIDE the reality of their inefficieny. BOE meetings is where the taxpayers have to demand accountability,not the Township committee all the time.
White Honor March 08, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The township committee will begin discussing the municipal budget and untill the municipal budget is done and all is paid for , The township committee will not be being paid Thank you , Your township committee. LOL

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