Tax Breakdown Given by Green Brook Committee
One resident still has questions on police car's purchase after Deputy Mayor Patrick Boccio speech.
At the last township committee meeting on Oct. 1, Green Brook resident Diane Eisen questioned the committee trying to gain a better understanding of the municipal budget and her taxes. She pressed Township Committee members on when they might discuss what ideas they have for cutting the municipal budget in the short term.
On Monday, Deputy Mayor Patrick Boccio gave a 20-plus minute speech addressing taxes.
Boccio touched on topics such as overall property tax distribution, local municipal expense distribution, municipal tax over the past few years, yearly budgetary process, effects on taxes and even gave some suggestions.
Boccio broke down the tax distribution for Eisen, who was in attendance.
“District school taxes, determined by the Board of Education: 65 percent,” he reported. “County taxes, determined by the Somerset County Freeholders: 16 percent. Local municipal taxes, determined by this body: 19 percent.”
Boccio also reported that the committee has eliminated six full-time and two part-time positions, and reduced one full-time employee to part-time since mid-2009.
Boccio also said the township has lost some money they had been expecting.
“Since 2007 the township has lost almost $750,000 in State Aid,” he reported. “Year to year the state aid has decreased by a total of $183,000 since 2007.”
Boccio gave his suggestions to residents who are still concerned.
“Attend the township committee meetings throughout the year as well as during the budgeting process,” he said. “All residents are invited and their input is greatly appreciated. Also do so during the budget of education’s budgeting process. Their portion of the tax bill is 3.4 times higher than the township’s portion. The same can be said regarding the county’s budgeting process, especially since their portion of the overall property tax is nearly as large as the township’s.”
Eisen responded to Boccio by asking numerous questions including one she asked at the last meeting, “why was the police chief given a new car even though it was only a couple of years old?"
Boccio declined to answer the question, saying, “the intention of tonight was not to go through a line-by-line of each individual budget, regarding the cars that is not an item here, we might as well start discussing paper clips. That is not what we are doing here, we’re looking at general items and we have a large amount of items here that we do go through each year.”
Another resident, Sue Osnato, also addressed the committee regarding taxes.
“There’s a couple things I heard tonight that I do think are encouraging,”Osnato told the committee. “I think you guys try, but I am gonna keep at you.”