Mayor William Pikolycky is pleased to announce that the Borough of Woodbine introduced, at its March 17 Council meeting, the Budget for 2011. The Local Purpose tax continues to be stable for the 21st consecutive year. The rate is at 24 cents per $100 assessed value.
The 2011 spending plan calls for a total budget of $2.4 million. This figure does not include grants that the Borough is currently pursuing or those that are presently under contract. It maintains funding for capital improvements for the enhancement of our public recreation centers, athletic fields, public facilities, and overall infrastructure. Using this combination of grant and budget funds allows the Borough to gain the leverage necessary to pursue additional funding for future projects in the most cost-efficient manner possible.
Previously Woodbine entered into shared services agreements for 911 dispatching and ambulance service, and, most recently, with Middle Township for shared municipal court services.
Furthermore, the Borough has used 8% less surplus than the prior year.
“Our municipal aid was reduced by approximately $100,000 in 2010. Even with the reduction in municipal aid, our administration has been able to offset the cost of fiscal responsibility from the taxpayers,” noted Mayor Pikolycky. “Having achieved the balanced and affordable budget that is ideally striven for, we thus continue to be able to promote an increasingly higher and sustainable quality of life for our residents. I am pleased to note that for the 21st consecutive year the local purpose tax rate has been stable. Thus, Woodbine sustainably continues to position itself in a very strong infrastructural and business-friendly way, thereby being able to now attract commercial businesses and development.”