Posted Wednesday, January 13th, 2021
Law & Public Safety is a Priority; Plan Continues Aggressive Roads and Bridges Projects
The Morris County Board of County Commissioners unveiled a capital spending plan tonight that continues to improve public safety and support law enforcement, while aggressively improving the county road and bridge infrastructure, education, technology, county facilities, recreation and culture.
To take advantage of favorable interest rates available in 2020, Morris County expedited the 9-11 Communications Center upgrades that were initially part of the 2021 capital spending plan, pushing the critical project underway early. The board’s Capital Budget Committee, which includes Commissioner Director Stephen H. Shaw, Commissioner Thomas Mastrangelo and Commissioner Tayfun Selen, outlined the $24.1 million spending plan during a work session held via Webex.
“This capital plan addresses the county’s need to maintain and improve infrastructure an county facilities as we work to maintain the quality of services residents of Morris County enjoy. Yet it recognizes the financial realities imposed by the continuing pandemic, and our need to be very, very responsible with the tax dollars we commit to any project,” said Commissioner Director Shaw.
The 2021 CAPITAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS Include:
“Important to note is this plan does not reflect the $23 million the board approved last month
to upgrade and double the operating capacity of our emergency radio network and infrastructure. We could not wait to act because we needed to take advantage of the lower interest rates available for the bonding that will be necessary,” said Commissioner Mastrangelo. “It is a critical project because most Morris County law enforcement, emergency management, and municipal first responders rely on this system every day. But we also needed to be fiscally responsible about it and seize an opportunity to save taxpayer dollars.”
Learn more about the project by clicking here.
Other 2021 Capital Spending Highlights Include:
Facilities and Technology:
“We talk a lot about the great quality of life found in Morris County because it’s a fact, and our capital plan focuses heavily on maintaining it,” said Commissioner Selen. “We have the best park system in the state and our educational facilities consistently rank among the top. It’s why people and businesses relocate here, and why people raise their families here and continue to stay into their retirement.”
The slide-show presentation presented by the Capital Budget Committee may be viewed by clicking here.
The $24.1 million plan reflects a commitment of $34.4 million by the county, which will be offset by an anticipated $10.3 million in grants, particularly state grants for road and bridge improvements.
Morris County government has a massive and diverse inventory of responsibility, ranging from the Morris County Administration Building in Morristown, to Human Services and Law & Public Safety complexes in Morris Township and Parsippany. The infrastructure includes:
The County of Morris also is responsible for: