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FLEMINGTON – After weeks of grim information in regards to the coronavirus, Hunterdon County property house owners have lastly acquired some excellent news – their county tax fee won’t be going up this 12 months.

The freeholders, assembly remotely on Tuesday, permitted the $89.348 million county finances, which retains the county tax fee at 31.5 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation, the identical fee as in 2019 and 2018.

“Holding the county tax fee on the 2018 stage once more this 12 months is a key a part of the county’s plan for financial restoration. With all else that is happening, our enterprise and residential taxpayers want this,” Freeholder Director Shaun C. Van Doren mentioned on the assembly.

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A property tax invoice has three main parts – the county tax, the municipal tax, which funds police and different native providers, and the college district tax, which accounts for the biggest a part of the tax invoice.

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In Hunterdon County, relying on the municipality, the county tax is usually lower than 15 p.c of the full property tax invoice.

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The all-Republican freeholder board has boasted of its frugality.

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“Our coverage over the previous variety of years of tight, conservative budgeting continues to payoff for taxpayers, because the $89.348 million 2020 finances remains to be $10 million lower than the practically $100 million finances from 2006,” Freeholder Matt Holt mentioned. “In truth, the 2020 finances is even decrease than the county finances from a decade in the past.”

If Hunterdon County had raised its finances by 2 p.c every year, the utmost cap allowed by the state, this 12 months’s finances can be $130 million, Holt mentioned.

“The trouble in holding the county tax fee flat over the previous two years comes from the conservative, businesslike philosophy by which this freeholder board has been engaged for a few years,” Van Doren mentioned. “It comes from controlling prices, which happens by understanding the place the spending is – by way of a devoted monetary management system, adhered to by all county models and overseen by the Finance Division. And an general framework of how can the mandated and crucial providers of county authorities be delivered effectively.”

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The tax fee is being held flat although $100,000 has been added in response to the coronavirus pandemic and more cash has been designated for emergency administration and well being division.

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The general public listening to on the finances might be held on the Might 19 freeholder assembly, at 5:30 pm. Van Doren mentioned he expects that assembly additionally to be performed remotely.

The finances is out there on-line at www.co.hunterdon.nj.us.

Electronic mail: mdeak@mycentraljersey.com

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