Burlington County adopts 2018 budget

The approved plan cuts county property taxes, Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs said

The Burlington County Board of Freeholders adopted a 2018 budget June 14 that cuts county property taxes close to three quarters of a million dollars, while maintaining and enhancing services provided to residents, according to Freeholder Director Kate Gibbs.

“Year after year, the Freeholder Board has a proud tradition of doing more with less and making Burlington County government the most fiscally responsible in the state of New Jersey,” Gibbs said in a statement. “While Trenton and most counties across the state continue to head in the wrong direction, I am proud that here in Burlington County we are providing property tax relief and keeping money where it belongs — in the pockets of our residents.”

Since 2008, the Freeholder Board has cut the total county property tax levy by close to $10 million, saving Burlington County residents a cumulative amount of more than $105 million, according to a news release. By comparison, all other counties in the state have had an average cumulative increase of $188 million during the same period, the release said.

The Freeholder Board has also remained committed to finding innovative, cost-effective ways to reduce government spending, according to the statement. With the 2018 budget, Burlington County is able to maintain the lowest annual cost per resident in the state at nearly half the amount of the statewide average, the release said.