Donovan Introduces $505M County Budget [POLL]
Millions slated for Bergen Community College, Overpeck Park and new juvenile detention center.
Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan on Wednesday introduced a $505 million budget that would raise taxes by $29 annually for the average assessed homeowner.
The proposed 2013 budget includes a $1.8 million contribution to Bergen Community College and $1.4 million to the Bergen County Improvement Authority for one of eight payments to cover 2005 debt from upgrades at Overpeck County Park, northjersey.com reported.
Donovan's budget calls for $2.7 million in fringe benefits and salaries for a new juvenile detention center in Teterboro started under the past county administration. The Republican county executive has said she would not have OK'ed the project.
“There is no fluff in this budget and no gimmicky one shot revenue items. It reflects the county’s obligation to provide quality services in as cost efficient a manner as possible,” Donovan said in a statement.
The tax increase is the largest under Donovan's tenure. Last year's budget brought an annual increase of $12.36.
Donovan pointed to "very modest" economic growth in the region in keeping new county tax revenue down.
“While the nation is still struggling with an anemic economic recovery, we in government must struggle to provide services and meet cost increases that are largely outside our control,” she said.
In a statement, County Administrator Ed Trawinski cited examples of a $2.5 million increase in insurance, including $1.15 million increase in health insurance.
The county freeholders will hold public hearings before a final budget is approved in the coming months.