Mayor Jeff Martin will introduce the third consecutive municipal budget with a flat tax rate. Given the difficult economic period we are in following the COVID-19 pandemic, where sixty-two percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, Mayor Martin and his administration reviewed every option available to ensure that Hamilton residents would not see a local tax increase. Mayor Martin’s 2023 budget address can be found below:
For the third year in a row, your Hamilton Township tax rate will remain flat, all while we continue to offer the outstanding programs and services you have come to expect!
This is an extraordinary accomplishment in very difficult times, and I want to thank our Hamilton Township employees who have put in the hard work to both look for new streams of revenue and control overall costs. Thanks also to ANCHOR property tax reimbursements from the State, the average resident’s net property taxes will be lower this year than before I took office.
While maintaining the same levels of service, this budget also begins the process of planning for a “rainy day” by building up our surplus fund as well as several trust accounts to ensure when large snow storms or other unexpected events happen – we have the funds to pay for them without raising taxes.
Thanks to the diligence of our employees, we received an influx of grants to continually invest in our infrastructure and other parts of the Township without relying on property taxes. This budget includes over $1.2 million in NJDOT grants to pay for road improvements on East State Street Extension and East Park Ave, plus another $350,000 NJDOT grant for sidewalks on Whitehorse Ave. On top of that, we received $500,000 from EPA to help clean up the old Nearpara Brownfield site, plus $60,000 from FEMA to fund training for our Firefighters. Not to mention the nearly $1 million in Health grants we obtained in the latter half of 2022 to provide you with a top-notch Health Department.
You may still see a change in your total tax bill from last year as Hamilton Township government makes up only one-third of a total tax bill, and all the remaining line items (County, School District, Open Space & Library) are beyond our control.
We hope the third year in a row of tax stability in your Hamilton Township taxes helps all our residents and businesses continue to keep more money in your pockets and reinvest in our Township.
I continue to be #HamiltonProud of the work we are able to provide to make Hamilton Township the best town to live, work and raise a family!
The Hamilton Township Council will meet tomorrow, April 4, 2023, in the Council Chambers at the Hamilton Township Municipal Building at 2090 Greenwood Avenue, beginning at 6:30 PM. Visit www.HamiltonNJ.com/Council to view the meeting agenda.