Posted Monday, February 10th, 2020
Careful Fiscal Management with Investments in Key Infrastructure, Public Safety, Critical Human Services and Opioid Epidemic Programs
The Morris County Board of Freeholders tonight introduced county government’s $315.8 million 2020 budget, which will include no tax increase for existing county taxpayers.
The fiscally prudent 2020 budget, approved by a 6-0 vote, will provide enhanced public safety, veterans and social services programs, including efforts to address the opioid epidemic and child daycare needs, plus greater investments in economic development and a continued emphasis on maintaining the county’s road, bridge, and facilities infrastructure.
“We carefully reviewed all aspects of county operations to ensure that we run a modern, efficient and cost-effective county government, and also one that operates with an eye towards fiscal restraint,’’ said Freeholder Director and Budget Committee Chair Deborah Smith. “This budget addresses and expands our financing of critical services while not increasing the county tax rate.’’
“This budget incorporates all of the current critical needs of our county residents while also taking a far-reaching look at the county’s future,’’ said Freeholder and Budget Committee member Kathy DeFillippo.
“Through the 2020 budget, our county will continue to be the Number One place in New Jersey to live, work, and raise a family,’’ said Freeholder and Budget Committee member John Krickus.
“It also ensures that Morris County remains THE infrastructure leader in New Jersey by continuing major investments in county roads and bridges, the county college, school of technology, county parks, and our excellent public safety and communications systems,’’ said Freeholder Krickus.
The proposed 2020 county budget supports countywide economic development, protects the county’s top-ranked Triple A bond rating, and preserves a stable level of fund balance required for well-run county governments.
Also, the freeholders are continuing the county’s voter-approved preservation trust fund that finances open space, farmland and historic preservation projects, and provides funding for recreational trails and flood mitigation.
Some new and expanded programs, to be done through partnerships, include:
Capital Budget: The 2020 budget authorizes $38.3 million in county funds ($52.9 million combined with state and federal grants) to responsibly deal with critical infrastructure needs, including county roads and bridges; public safety technology and security enhancements; parks, education and building maintenance needs.
The capital budget, created by a subcommittee including Freeholders John Krickus, Tom Mastrangelo, and Stephen Shaw includes:
$23 million is dedicated for roads, bridges, railroads, and environmental cleanup, including:
Some other major capital funding:
The freeholders will consider adoption of their operating budget at the Wednesday, March 11 meeting at 7 p.m. in Morristown.
View PowerPoint presentation of the proposed 2020 operating and capital budgets.