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Introduced Long Branch Budget Calls For Tax Increase

Average homeowner will pay $160 more

Long Branch residents will see an increase in taxes on their 2013 bill if the Long Branch Council adopts its budget as it was presented this week.

The Long Branch Council introduced the 2013 municipal budget on Tuesday, and will likely adopt it at its second meeting in May.

Long Branch Chief Financial Officer Ron Mehlhorn said the 2013 municipal budget totals $51,100,000; a $700,000 increase over 2012.

The municipal tax rate has increased to 4.25 cents per $100 of assessed value. This amounts to a $160 increase for the owner of the average city home valued at $378,397 Mehlhorn said. That resident's municipal tax bill would now amount to $3,300.

Mehlhorn said one of the largest increases in the 2013 budget was health benefits for city employees which increased "several hundred thousand" dollars from 2012. Health benefits generally increase each year in city employees' contracts.

Mehlhorn said municipal salaries increased as well, but only by 2.2 percent, which amounts to a little over $30,000.

The Long Branch School District adopted its 2013 budget last month. To see its impact on residents' taxes, click here.

DivineMomentsOfTruth April 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
$3,300 is a joke.. There are tiny townhouses worth under $300K that are taxed $6000.00+ a year in property taxes. Believe me.. I wish I could move.
SEEYA TAX PAYER April 25, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Let me ask a question, how many people in long branch go to a budget , or schoolboard meetig to refute an increase---NONE--- SO WHY COMPLAIN!!!!!!!!
Lou April 25, 2013 at 03:59 PM
This is why i cannot understand the approval of a Commercial zone for a property tax free zone call the West End Synagogue.
SEEYA TAX PAYER April 25, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Lou,, what about the on going tax abatement for pier village----- and the 20 plus homes that are built at the end of the promenade at ocean ter. and seaview ave -----I figure at 22 to 24 thousand dollars a house in taxes this mayor is willig to give up----for five years----you do the math---millions!!!!!!.
mmc April 26, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I hate long branch. No matter what they try to do by building up the beach, the rest of the city remains untouched. Taxes go up all the time and i dont see a change in the city especially in the area i live in. Im sure this increase will go to the employees of the city as a salary increase or bonus. I pay so much in taxes and my husband and i continue to mainatain our property while everyone else leaves theirs looking like a crap. I'm on a crappy street and pay 7k per year, for what?? The real owners of the houses that live outside of town should do a better job overseeing their properties and not let their renters to continue run their houses down.

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