A new budget proposal in Lower Township would increase taxes. Manager Jim Ridgeway presented a budget on Monday that included a 1.8 cent increase to the local tax rate. Mayor Erik Simonsen told Coastal Broadcasting that a number of infrastructure projects are planned that have been neglected over years. The new administration wants to tackle infrastructure. Simonsen also believes there will be future savings that hasn’t been realized yet, including the joint public safety and county dispatch center.