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Warren County approves $91.9 million budget

WARREN COUNTY, NJ – The Warren County Commissioners Wednesday night unanimously approved the $91.9 million budget for 2021.

“Years of past fiscal responsibility has kept us in a strong position for the rainy day that has come,” Commissioner Director James R. Kern III said, while Commissioner Jason J. Sarnoski said he was “very proud of this budget in this COVID pandemic, and what we’ve done.”

“We’re basically keeping taxes flat,” Chief Financial Officer Kim Francisco said, explaining that the slight hike in the county purpose tax was more than offset by a reduction in the open space tax, while the county library tax remains the same. “If your house didn’t change, you should pay basically about the same or maybe even a little less in 2021” in county taxes, Francisco said.

Capital improvement projects include repaving about 60 miles of county highways, $1 million in bridge improvement projects, $1.5 million in upgrades to the 911 Communications system, and setting aside $200,000 for the eventual replacement of voting machines so that money is in hand when needed. “We are a pay-as-you-go county, so all of these projects are fully funded” without accruing debt, Francisco said.

“Pay-as-you-go doesn’t happen in too many places in the state,” Commissioner Lori Ciesla remarked, as she thanked county staff for doing “a very good job” producing the budget.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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