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MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Township officials adopted an amended $64.7 million budget that reflects ongoing efforts to cut costs and keep the tax rate stable by cutting spending an additional $400,000.
“This year’s budget reflects a reduction of 40 staff positions, a salary freeze and across-the-board reductions in departmental operating budgets,” said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger. “In sum, the Township’s amended budget represents a 2.67% increase in total property taxes in an extraordinarily difficult economic year.”
Under the amended budget, the municipal tax rate will increase 4.6 cents to 39.75 cents per $100 of assessed value. This equates to approximately $17 per month for the average Township home assessed at $435,000.
“This year, municipal taxes represent just 23% of a resident’s tax bill, with 62% being levied for schools and 15% for the county,” concluded Scharfenberger.
The adopted budget addresses nearly $10 million in lost revenue, including:
- $1.6 million cut in state aid.
- $1.4 million obligation for retroactive pay under resolved labor contracts.
- $1 million in increased health care costs and nearly $1 million in deferred excess claims from 2009.
- $900,000 for extraordinary snow and storm clean-up.
- $1.8 million in deferred pension payments mandated by the state.
- $1 million in property tax appeal refunds.
- $400,000 in lost recycling revenue.
The amended budget can be viewed on line at www.middletownnj.org
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Hazlet Township Library Sponsors Get Help! With Housing Fair
HAZLET - Concerned about housing issues? Buying your first home? Facing possible foreclosure?
Meet representatives from government agencies and not-for-profit organizations specializing in housing issues at the Get Help! With Housing Fair on Wednesday, September 15, at the Hazlet Township Library, 251 Middle Road.
This free program will run from 3 to 7 p.m., and is co-sponsored by the N.J. Department of Banking & Insurance, the Monmouth County Library and the New Jersey State Library.
The Housing Fair will feature experts who can speak with the public on the topics of low income and Section 8 housing resources, tenants’ rights, first-time homebuyers and foreclosure procedure. Predatory lending scams and foreclosure rescue scams will be discussed. A Spanish interpreter will be available to assist patrons.
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Middletown Traffic Advisory
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Township Police Department Traffic Bureau advises that Tindall Road jughandle on Route 35 North will be closed on Tuesday, August 31 due to construction. Motorists can access Tindall Road and the Middletown Train Station via New Monmouth Road.
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Highlands, NJ - The Borough of Highlands Environmental Commission has been awarded a grant from the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC) to develop a bike path network in the Borough. This is a matching grant in the amount of $2,333. The Borough, through the unanimous support of the Borough Council and Mayor, is providing $1,667 towards the project. An additional $1,666 is being provided as an in-kind contribution from Borough employees and citizen volunteers serving as project team members.
It is envisioned, the “share-the-road” bike path network will interconnect municipal, county, state, and federal parks as well as other points-of-interest (POI) including the Highlands business district, the Borough’s Community Center and the high speed ferry terminal which offers service between NJ and NYC. The bike path network will interconnect, directly or indirectly, the many parks in the area. These include:
- Huddy Park (municipal)
- Veteran’s Riverfront Park – 911 Memoria Project (municipal)
- Miller Street Beach (municipal)
- Gertrude Ederle Park (municipal)
- Pompamora Point (county)
- Hartshorne Woods (county)
- Twin Lights State Park (state)
- Sandy Hook - Gateway National Recreation Area (federal)
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HIGHLANDS, NJ - Police recovered the body of Richard "Ricky" Pomasan Saturday evening in the water near the Oceanic Bridge. Pomasan, of Miller Street in Highlands turned 53 on Friday. He was a clammer for many years on Sandy Hook Bay.
Pomasan and Paul M. Ritter, 42, of Highlands had been drinking earlier in the day in celebration of Pomasan's birthday, according to his sister-in-law, Johnna Pomasan, also of Miller Street.
Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge under construction in October 2009. Photo shows elevation between old and new bridge decks.
In a press release issued Saturday, before the body was discovered, Highlands Police said they received a call regarding a man that had jumped off the South side of the Highlands Bridge at approximately 6:45 p.m Friday. Eyewitnesses observed a man jump off the bridge and was not seen coming back up to the surface. Police issued a summons Friday to Paul Ritter for obstructing and hindering the ongoing investigation, according to the release.
Search and rescue efforts were conducted by Highlands Police, Sea Bright Police, NJ State Police Marine and Aviation Division, U.S. Coast Guard, NYC Police Department Aviation Unit, Highlands Fire Department Marine 17-01, Highlands First Aid, Atlantic Highlands Fire Department Marine Division, Middletown Township Dive Team Units, Sea Bright Fire Department and Sandy Hook Gateway National Park Rangers.
The search was called off late Friday night due to high winds and a moving tide and was resumed Saturday morning.
For generations, area residents jumped off the old Highlands-Sea Bright Bridge as almost a rite of passage. The bridge then stood about 35 feet above the water line. The new bridge, still under construction, stands 65 feet above the water.
"I don't know if you'd call him a friend," said Mrs. Pomasan of Mr. Ritter. "A friend doesn't drive you drunk to the bridge and tell you it's a good idea to be the first to jump."
The investigation is ongoing and police would not comment on whether Mr. Ritter or Mr. Pomasan had been drinking.
It is especially hard on the family at this time. Ricky Pomasan's younger brother, David, died last month at age 41, according to the sister-in-law.
The body was discovered by a boater on the Navesink River South/Southwest of the Oceanic Bridge at about 6:20 p.m. Saturday, according to Highlands Patrolman Matthew Chesek, who helped recover the body along with the U.S. Coast Guard, State Police Marine and Highlands Fire Department Marine boats.
Mr. Pomasan leaves behind a 17 year old son. Funeral arrangement have not yet been made.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Highlands Detective Sgt. Joseph Rogers at 732-872-1158.