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Council Agrees to a Budget, Two Days from Deadline

Council members steered clear of fines from the state with the introduction of Moorestown's budget early Wednesday morning.

Budget breakdown has been added to the story. Click on the PDF, right, to access the document.

As the hours passed and a state-mandated deadline loomed, the Moorestown Council finally introduced its municipal budget early Wednesday morning during an emergency meeting.

Council approved the introduction of the $22.4 million budget, just two days before after this Friday’s cutoff point.

“There was some minor disagreements on cuts,” Carew said, “but the budget was passed unanimously by council.”

Township manager Scott Carew said the budget will have a zero levy cap increase, and the tax rate will increase four-tenths of a cent per $100 of assessed property value.

This translates into a $21.19 tax increase for the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $529,800.

Carew and financial officer Tom Merchel went back to the drawing tables and trimmed more than $253,000 in appropriations.

Members also decided to use $50,000 from the utility fund to cover some salaries. And nearly $6,000 of estimated liquor license revenue will be included to satisfy the budget.

After a contentious council meeting on Monday, June 11, the council majority, including Mayor John Button, voted against introducing the proposed budget that would have raised municipal taxes by $53 for the average homeowner. 

“Although our revenue side will be better in the next couple of years,” said Button, “I was struggling with higher taxes.”

For more than two months, council has been sweeping through the balance sheets to find an agreeable budget plan.

It seems that the threat of penalties finally helped to garner a resolution.

“I’d say most of us on council felt this was in the best interests of everyone,” said Button.

The public hearing on the budget is slated for July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the IT room.

Our Kids Matter Too June 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
The cuts hit the rec department, huh? Funny how it impacts the the kids who cant afford to join the other sports teams. Is this payback to the sports teams for turf? For their support of Button and his nonexistent campaign? Seems like they are taking this war for their precious fields out on our children. What a shame. Guess the only "KIDS" Mr. Mayor cares about are the ones who play for the teams bankrolling his foolish run for office. Shame on him.
Ed Nice June 24, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Excuse me but there is not a child in this town that can't afford to play any sport. That's because like my wrestling team, it not about the money but about the kids. If a family doesn't have the money all they have to do is ask for is a scholarship for their child to be able to be a part of the league. I know of no leagues that play in Moorestown that don't all have scholarship opportunity for any child that wants to play. So do me a favor and don't go there!
Observer June 24, 2012 at 02:26 AM
With regard to teams, I believe that most of the sports teams have cuts, whereas the rec teams do not.
Ed Nice June 24, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Once again that is not true. Any child that wants to play on any of the teams in the town has a chance to do so. If that child is not as good as other children playing that level they will place the player in an appropriate level with in the organization. My son was cut from a travel A team and went to the B level in baseball and ended up being much more successful and was able to contribute at a higher level because of being placed in the correct group. Once again do everyone a favor and stop trying to clam fire when there isn't even any smoke!
Observer June 24, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I did check and some teams like soccer do cut.

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