Mayor Yaede Calls On Council to Approve Tax Cut
Following State Approval of Budget
Following the State of New Jersey’s approval of her proposed
2019 Municipal Budget, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede is once again
calling upon the Township Council to approve her proposal that would provide
Hamilton taxpayers with a municipal tax cut and keep sewer rates flat.
In early April, Mayor
Yaede proposed a budget that would reduce the
municipal tax rate by over 1 ¼ (1.25) percent.
But since that time, the Township Council had stalled final
approval by informing Governor Murphy’s Administration at the Department of
Community Affairs that it would not approve the budget due to concerns about Hamilton’s sewer utility – which has not
raised rates in over a decade.
In an email, Council President Martin stated that “Council
will not be passing a budget until such time as we are comfortable that these
[referring to the sewer] budget
anomalies are adequately addressed.”
Council President Martin also curiously stated during budget
hearings his concern for “Robbinsville” taxpayers.
“We have proposed a tax
cut that State officials have confirmed their approval of, so now there are no
excuses for further inaction by the Township Council. It’s time for Council President Martin and
his colleagues to stop auditioning for who will be Robbinsville’s ‘6th
Council Member’ and put Hamilton taxpayers first. Approve our budget that will reduce municipal
taxes and keep sewer rates flat,” says Mayor Kelly Yaede.
In addition to reducing municipal taxes, Mayor Yaede’s
proposed 2019 budget would also make needed long-term community investments by
funding capital budget projects that include:
- 20 additional road repair
- needed sewer treatment plant
- police-related security needs
- senior center and township parks
- as well as equipment and
vehicles that must be replaced
also recently maintained its ‘AA’ credit rating status from Standard &
Poor’s Rating Service (which
Hamilton has maintained since May of 2014) and earned very low interest rates
for these types of long-term capital projects.
are fighting to lower municipal taxes and keep sewer rates flat, Standard &
Poor’s decision to maintain our credit rating illustrates that we are
continuing to do the right thing for Hamilton taxpayers,” says Mayor Yaede.