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Another Town Still Burdened By Snow: Toms River Homeowners Face Tax Hike

The average Toms River homeowner could face paying reportedly more than $1,400 in taxes under the township's proposed budget - largely because of the cost of shoveling out of several snowstorms.

Five major snowstorms in the past four months are likely to cast a chill over the tax bills of many property owners in the township this year.

Local taxpayers can expect to see a 3.8-cent increase per $100 of assessed property value under the proposed $124 million township budget - $8 million higher than last year.

Township Administrator Paul J. Shives, as reported by The Asbury Park Press, said one of the most significant causes of the tax hike was the $2 million spent on snow cleanup. Toms River needed an additional $1.2 million this year to fund the cost of this past winter’s snow and ice removal.

Mayor Thomas Kelaher said the township will continue to respond to the needs of those residents, and funding has been provided in the 2014 budget for continuation of the township’s efforts.

The amount to be raised by taxes to support the budget is $70.9 million, about 57 percent of anticipated municipal government revenue. State aid represents about $8.5 million of revenue or almost 7 percent of the budget, according to the municipal government’s figures, as reported by The Asbury Park Press.

Health insurance and employee benefits represent the greatest expenditure in the budget in 2014, accounting for $29.2 million or 23.6 percent of the budget. Police services and public safety are second, accounting for $26.2 million or 21.2 percent of the budget, as reported by The Asbury Park Press.

The budget summary states about $2 billion in taxable real estate was wiped off the books in Toms River in the aftermath of Sandy. About $700 million in assessed property values have made a comeback by the end of the first quarter of 2014, as reported by The Asbury Park Press.

A special budget meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at the municipal complex.

Last year, the Township Council, by a unanimous vote, approved a $116 million budget that, officials said, was designed to combat a potential spike in property taxes caused by Hurricane Sandy. That budget addressed Sandy’s impact with significant federal and state money.

Property owners at the average assessed residential valuation for 2013 of $234,597 were to pay $1,245 in municipal taxes under the 2013 budget. That was a decrease from the 2012 payment of $1,413 for the average assessed valuation of $354,998, according to Shives.

Av April 04, 2014 at 09:42 AM
Hey just got my street plowed this morning! I'm living the dream
jerseytomato April 04, 2014 at 01:19 PM
This budget increase isn't about snow removal. It's about giving taxpayers a 'snow job.' Monmouth County cut their budget, and they had just as much snow, if not more. Barbara - you are so right. That superintendant is making over $200,000 a year, plus a three hundred dollar a month car allowance. 25 vacation days, too. Not bad for a part time employee who get's every holiday and the summer off. With a salary like that, you would think the super would be able to afford his own auto expenses. A five year contract, too. Grand total for this humble public servant? A million green ones. And since our schools have 'gone green,' maybe someone will think to turn off the school lights at night?? It's a sick waste of taxpayer funds. Greg - your right, too. My property values decreased, yet my taxes were raised three hundred dollars a quarter.
Rich49 April 04, 2014 at 06:21 PM
What happened to last years surplus from snow plowing? My taxes have never leveled out or have gone down in Toms River. And of course they "stole" $68k with the home devaluations. We voted in people who should use our money more efficiently. Need to consolidate the police departments and county offices. Or, we the voters, will act.
suz April 04, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Good one Rich....
jerseytomato April 04, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Good one Rich!!


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