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Hunterdon Freeholders’ budget freezes tax rate at 2018 level

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The Hunterdon County tax rate will be frozen at the 2018 level again this year, even with additional COVID-19 emergency response costs, under the 2020 budget introduced by the Hunterdon County Freeholders, at the April 21 board meeting that was held by teleconference.

“Holding the county tax rate at the 2018 level again this year is a key part of the county’s plan for economic recovery. With all else that is going on, our business and residential taxpayers need this,” Freeholder Board Director Shaun C. Van Doren stated at the meeting.

The 2020 county tax rate will be 31.5 cents per $100 of property valuation, the same rate as in 2019 and 2018, under the $89.348 million county budget.

Van Doren pointed out that, “While holding the tax rate flat for a second consecutive year, the budget encompasses increases in costs to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic; $100,000 has been added to a one-time account set up under the Freeholders’ budget, where it can be closely monitored. Additional budget allocations have also been added for emergency management and for the Health Department.”

The public hearing on the budget will be held at the 5:30 p.m. May 19, Freeholder meeting.

“We’ll take our guidance from the governor’s directives and public health officials, but the public should expect that meeting to most likely be conducted remotely,” Van Doren said.

The 2020 Hunterdon County Budget is available online at co.hunterdon.nj.us


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