FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted the 2019 budget of $449.6 million. Of this total, $305.5 million will be raised by taxation.
According to county officials, the 2019 adopted budget also incorporates a $1.5 million reduction in county department budgets. The 2019 budget is down nearly $44 million from the county’s 2010 budget of $493.4 million.
“The Board has taken a hard line approach to ensure that each County department is being fiscally responsible. We are currently using a similar amount of fund balance as the revenue that we regenerated during the year and work to ensure future financial stability with all bond rating agencies,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It is important to note that even though department spending has gone down, we have kept the quality of services at the level our residents have come to expect.”
Incorporated into the cost of the annual budget are the cost of maintaining 1,000 miles of roads, more than 900 bridges, 16,000 acres of County parks, emergency management services, 911 emergency communications, county law enforcement, elections, deed recording and passport services in the County Clerk’s Office, probates and adoptions through the Surrogate’s office, and much more.
Residents can find a copy of the 2019 adopted budget at visitmonmouth.com.