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The Morris County Commissioners Pass a Budget for 2023.

The Morris County Board of County Commissioners passed a budget for 2023 without raising taxes. Funding for public safety, infrastructure, human services, education and training, and economic development was also increased.

“We are proud to pass a budget for 2023 that continues to support the high quality of life that Morris County is known for while also taking into account the financial strain that inflation rates in the past have put on taxpayers.

This budget was made possible by strong ratable growth and careful financial planning. Because Morris County planned well for its health care benefits, the state health plan had much less of an effect on rising costs than it did on other counties. This lets us provide and improve services like public safety while keeping the tax rate the same, according to Commissioner Deborah Smith, Chair of the Board’s Budget Committee.

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This year, the fund balance grew by $2.8 million, bringing it to a total of $60.7 million. This was done to protect against changes in the economy that could not be predicted and to help Morris County keep the AAA bond rating it has had for 47 years.

“Our AAA rating saves everyone money in the short and long term because it lets our towns, school districts, and the county borrow money for important infrastructure projects at the best possible rates,” said Commissioner Director John Krickus.

In the 2023 spending plan, about $74.6 million is set aside for public safety. This includes full dispatch services for 23 municipalities and daily backup services for all 39 Morris County towns’ Basic Life Support and Emergency Medical Service units. In 2022, over 3,866 emergency calls were made to the Basic Life Support Emergency Medical Service Unit in Morris County.

The county government is involved in making sure that mission-driven financial investments help a wide range of programmes meet the needs and challenges of our community.

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“Programs like our Navigating Hope programme and the Sheriff’s Office Hope One are tackling problems like drug use and making people more aware of county resources and support,” said Christine Myers, a member of the Budget Committee and Deputy Director of the Commissioner’s Office.

Critical Community Investments

The Preservation Trust Fund Tax, which has helped protect and improve Morris County for more than 30 years, will stay the same in 2023 at 5/8 cent per $100 of the county’s total equalised property value. The tax helps pay for improvements to our county parks and grant programmes like Farmland Preservation, Open Space Preservation, Historic Preservation, Flood Mitigation, and Trail Design and Construction.

In the 2023 Budget, there are incentives for education, culture, and economic growth like:

• $8.9 million to support the Morris County Park Commission, stewards of the largest county park system in New Jersey (20,455 acres of parkland)
• More than $12 million to support the County College of Morris, an increase over 2022
• Almost $6.4 million to the Morris County Vocational School District, also an increase over 2022
• More than $800,000 for Economic Development and Tourism

Critical Infrastructure Investments

Overall, the county’s 2023 Capital Spending Plan designates approximately $25.5 million toward enhancing road resurfacing, improving intersections along the 287 miles of county roadways, and replacing bridges and culverts this year. Nearly $8 million in grants will offset county costs.

Road Resurfacing Projects Include:
• 3.3 miles of Mendham Road (CR 510) from Indian Head Road to Cold Hill Road in both Mendham and Morris Townships
• 2.2 miles of Main Road (US 202) from Fulton Street to Route 287 Northbound Ramps in Montville Township
• 4.1 miles of Ridgedale Avenue (CR 632) from Littell Road (Route 10) to Route 80 in both Parsippany and East Hanover Townships
• 3.8 miles of Tempe Wick Road/Glen Alpin Road (CR 646) from Leddell Road to Blue Mill Road in both Mendham and Harding Townships
• 1.8 miles of Newark Pompton Turnpike (CR 660) from Jacksonville Road to Route 23 in Pequannock Township

Intersection Improvements Include:
• Ridgedale Avenue and Greenwood Avenue, Florham Park
• Center Grove Road and Quaker Church Road, Randolph
• Guide Rail Upgrades and Installations throughout the County Bridge and Culvert Projects Include:
• Dickson’s Mill Road Bridge in Harding Township
• Parsippany Boulevard Bridge in Parsippany
• Beach Street Bridge in Rockaway Borough
• Morris Street Bridge in Denville

• $8.9 million to support the Morris County Park Commission, stewards of the largest county park system in New Jersey (20,455 acres of parkland)
• More than $12 million to support the County College of Morris, an increase over 2022
• Almost $6.4 million to the Morris County Vocational School District, also an increase over 2022
• More than $800,000 for Economic Development and Tourism

Critical Infrastructure Investments

Overall, the county’s 2023 Capital Spending Plan designates approximately $25.5 million toward enhancing road resurfacing, improving intersections along the 287 miles of county roadways, and replacing bridges and culverts this year. Nearly $8 million in grants will offset county costs.

Road Resurfacing Projects Include:
• 3.3 miles of Mendham Road (CR 510) from Indian Head Road to Cold Hill Road in both Mendham and Morris Townships
• 2.2 miles of Main Road (US 202) from Fulton Street to Route 287 Northbound Ramps in Montville Township
• 4.1 miles of Ridgedale Avenue (CR 632) from Littell Road (Route 10) to Route 80 in both Parsippany and East Hanover Townships
• 3.8 miles of Tempe Wick Road/Glen Alpin Road (CR 646) from Leddell Road to Blue Mill Road in both Mendham and Harding Townships
• 1.8 miles of Newark Pompton Turnpike (CR 660) from Jacksonville Road to Route 23 in Pequannock Township

Intersection Improvements Include:
• Ridgedale Avenue and Greenwood Avenue, Florham Park
• Center Grove Road and Quaker Church Road, Randolph
• Guide Rail Upgrades and Installations throughout the County Bridge and Culvert Projects Include:
• Dickson’s Mill Road Bridge in Harding Township
• Parsippany Boulevard Bridge in Parsippany
• Beach Street Bridge in Rockaway Borough
• Morris Street Bridge in Denville

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