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POLL: Toms River Plans Budget Hearing For May, Tax Hike - What Do You Think?

What do you think of Toms River's tax-hike plans? Please let us know in the poll and in the comments.

Toms River residents will have the opportunity to have their most formal say on the township's budget at a meeting and a proposed tax increase scheduled for next month.

In a budget proposal introduced recently, 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.

What do you think of Toms River's tax-hike plans? Please let us know in the poll and in the comments.

Township officials say the effects of Superstorm Sandy, the lack of a $5 million influx from FEMA that made up lost a portion of the ratable base in 2013 and $1.2 million in snow plowing costs from the most recent winter have necessitated the expenditure.

Though Toms River residents are free to comment on budgetary matters during public comment portions of any township council meeting, the formal hearing on the budget has been set for May 6 at 6 p.m. At that meeting, as required by state law, the council will host a public hearing on this year's spending plan.
Franklin Towers April 06, 2014 at 10:22 PM
It's not incompetence or poor budgeting and they're certainly not clowns; they know exactly what they're doing. The fact that they won't cut the budget or even keep it stable just shows they don't give a d@mn. I have to cut something to pay for higher taxes, higher gas prices, higher grocery bills because I can't just reach into my bosses pocket and pull out more money like they reach into mine. Don't pay the higher taxes.....watch your property go on the auction block.
Mike L April 06, 2014 at 10:31 PM
Isn't there a budget cap! So let them put out a bond issue, as they have done in the last couple of years to pay for everything they couldn't hide in the budget, like pensions, new vehicles, new ball fields, workers compensation cases for the Pope and whatever slush fund needed to be funded. Just check those resolutions that were passed without our approval, after the budgets went thru. Maybe we should take the monies from all those double and triple dippers we are paying for. And don't forget the no shows that are being paid. Least we forget, they work (ha) for us, not we work for them.........
FIMF the ll April 06, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Yes there's a budget cap. Two percent with 13 exceptions for public takers duh?
Exit82 April 06, 2014 at 11:30 PM
Councilman John Sevastakis has 1.5 million in court ordered judgements against him...his counterparts on the council continue to try and cover it up. These are the people running your town.
Concerned April 07, 2014 at 08:06 AM
Waste, fraud and abuse! We saw two snow plows this winter on North Curtis!! It snows EVERYYEAR. Just an excuse to rob the middleclass.

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