Posted Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Budget Offers Solid Fiscal Management with Key Investments in Infrastructure, Public Safety, Human Services and Opioid Epidemic/Mental Health Programs
The Morris County Board of Freeholders last night adopted county government’s $315.8 million 2020 budget, which will include no tax increase for existing county taxpayers.
The fiscally sensible 2020 budget offers enhanced public safety, veterans and social services programs, addressing the opioid epidemic and child daycare needs. It provides greater investment in economic development and a continued emphasis on the county’s road, bridge, and facilities infrastructure.
“We scrutinized all areas of county government to ensure that we have a modern, efficient and fiscally sound operation, and one that offers fiscal restraint,’’ said Freeholder Director and Budget Committee Chair Deborah Smith. “This budget expands our funding of vital 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.
The budget delivers in three key areas: no tax increase, as we do our part to keep Morris affordable; improving vital services for our children and veterans, while financing programs to deal with mental health and substance use/addiction issues.,’’ said Freeholder and Budget Committee member John Krickus.
It also keeps Morris County — The Infrastructure County — with a robust program for roads, bridges, buildings, educational institutions, plus parks and open space,’’ he added.
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:
View the county’s 2020 adopted budget: https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020Budget-Statement.pdf
View PowerPoint presentation of the 2020 budget: https://morriscountynj.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2020BudgetPresentation.pdf
View previous years’ county budgets: https://morriscountynj.gov/transparency/finance/