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Lumberton Township Introduces 2017 Budget with a 3% Tax Cut

 

Lumberton Township Introduces 2017 Budget with a 3% Tax Cut

Once Adopted this Budget will Equate to Roughly a $30 Saving

to the Average Assessed Home of $292,917.00

            March 15, 2017 – Lumberton Township – Tuesday evening, the Lumberton Township Committee introduced its 2017 Municipal Budget, which lowers the Local Tax Levy by 3% or roughly 1 penny for every $100 of assessed value.  This represents a local tax rate decrease from last year’s 0.421 to this year’s 0.411. The amount to be raised in taxes through this budget equates to an overall reduction of $169,950, taking the total tax levy from $5,860,229.02 in 2016 to $5,690,279.02 for 2017.  In all, the entire budget appropriations for the 2017 Budget is $8,787,936, which is $128,561 less than the $8,917,497 appropriated in the last year’s 2016 Adopted Budget.

            “We are extremely proud to introduce this year’s budget, which reduces the burden on our local taxpayers while maintaining all of our core Township Services, including staffing our Police Department at its increased level of 20 Sworn Officers,” stated Mayor Sean Earlen.  “I would like to thank Committeeman Mansdoerfer, our Liaison to the Finance Department, our Township Administrator Brandon Umba and the rest of the Township Staff, who worked tirelessly to implement this responsible municipal budget”, added Mayor Earlen.

            One main element impacting the 2017 Budget and future budgets is the total annual debt payment, which decreased from $1,197,575 to $702,117, allowing the Township to close on a capital bond for the cost of its new Public Safety Building, without impacting local taxes.   Using this sizeable gap in debt payments, the Township was able to structure its new capital bond so that annual payments remained within that gap, eliminating any tax impact to the Township’s taxpayers.  Additionally, due to the Township’s recent credit rating increase from Standard and Poors, Lumberton taxpayers realized an additional savings of $479,569 in interest payments over the life of the 25 year bond that was acquired to cover the cost of the new Public Safety Building.  This savings would not have been achieved without the credit rating increase from AA- to AA. 

“Since the economic downturn, our Township has made strides to stabilize our Municipal Budget to ensure minimal impact on our residents, while maintaining all core municipal services at levels expected by our taxpayers, all while our ratable base decreased,” stated Committeeman Mike Mansdoerfer, liaison to the Township’s Finance Department.  “In the past 10 years, Lumberton’s ratable base has dropped by over $56 million, the lion share or roughly $47 million of that loss has come in the last 5 years, causing significant impact to our municipal budgets during that time. However, even with that ratable loss, the Township has been able to consistently decrease our total annual budget to the tune of $1,197,204 in the last 10 years and this year’s budget culminates all of our past efforts by providing tax relief to our residents,” explained Committeeman Mansdoerfer.

“The fact that we have been able to provide our residents with a tax cut and fund the construction of a new Public Safety Building is a true testament to hard work of our Township Committee and staff.  Though it is always hard to predict future budgets, we are hopeful with our ratables stabilizing or even increasing as we suspect, that our future budgets will remain flat over the next several years,” concluded Mayor Earlen.

 Lumberton Township has set its Budget Adoption hearing for 7:30pm on Tuesday evening April 25, 2017 at the Lumberton Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ 08048.  Residents are encouraged to attend. 

Burlington County Times Article on the 2017 Budget Introduction

Lumberton Township on eCode by General Code!

Township Legislation and Public Records can now be searched on the General Code website under Lumberton Township.

Now it is as simple as typing in a subject in a search box to locate the information you seek. Click on the Township Codes & Public Records tab located on the left side of this page to be directed to the Lumberton Township pages of eCode by General Code. The following records are available along with all Township Codes:

Meeting Agendas & Minutes – Resolutions – Budgets – Audits – Master Plan – and most municipal forms

Lumberton’s Credit Rating Increase Brings $479,569 in Interest Savings on Public Safety Building Bond

Lumberton Township’s Credit Rating Upgraded

Standard & Poor’s Gives Lumberton a “AA” Rating

            February 17, 2017 – Lumberton Township – Today, Lumberton Township received a credit rating upgrade from AA- (stable) to AA (stable) from Standard and Poor’s Rating Services.  S & P assigned an AA long-term rating and stable outlook to Lumberton’s Series 2017 General Obligation (GO) Bonds being used to fund the new Public Safety Building.  In their report, S & P cited Lumberton’s very strong economy, plus its strong Budgetary Performance and Flexibility, with an available fund balance in fiscal 2015 of 15% of operating expenditures.

            “We based the raised rating on the township’s improved budgetary performance to strong from weak, resulting in very strong budgetary flexibility, which we no longer considered nominally low,” said S & P Global Rating Credit Analyst Lauren Freire. 

            “Since the economic downturn 10 years ago, our Township has made strides to stabilize our Municipal Budget to ensure minimal impact on our residents, while maintaining all core municipal services at levels expected by our taxpayers,” stated Committeeman Mike Mansdoerfer, liaison to the Township’s Finance Department.  “In the last 10 years, Lumberton has been able to stabilize our overall budget from $9,983,240 in 2007 to $8,786,036 which we expect to introduce next month for our 2017 budget.  That is a reduction of $1,197,204 in our overall spending budget in the last 10 years,” explained Committeeman Mansdoerfer.

            The overall credit rating increase of AA Stable from Standard and Poor’s has translate into lower interest rates for the Township’s 2017 GO Bond for the construction of a new Public Safety Building, which was approved by the Township Committee late last year.  In the beginning of March, 2017, the Township closed on its 2017 GO Bond with a realized savings of an additional $479,569 in interest payments over the life of the 25 year bond.  This savings would not have been achieved without the credit rating increase from AA- to AA.  In citing the Township’s strong budget performance, S & P mentions the Township has implemented strong financial controls to help build and maintain its fund balance levels.  By increasing its budgetary performance, the Township, through its new Township Administrator, has been able to closely monitor its budget to actuals, while actively managing its expenditures, allowing for very strong budgetary flexibility.

            Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “This credit rating increase is a direct reflection on the leadership of Committeeman Mansdoerfer and our Township staff, who have been working hard to ensure that the Township Committee passes responsible budgets each year, balancing an affordable rate for our local taxpayers, while maintaining the services those taxpayers have come to expect from their municipal government.” “Through their efforts, we have been able to keep the Township’s budgets below the 2% levy cap, averaging about $300,000 under the cap over the last three years.” “Because of these efforts, we expect to introduce our 2017 Municipal Budget next month, which will decrease the local property tax rate for our residents, while providing for the construction of our New Public Safety Building,” added Mayor Earlen.   

            A full copy for the Standard and Poor’s rating of Lumberton Township is contained in this email and is also available online at www.standardandpoors.com/ratingdirect.         

Burlington County Times Article on Bond Rating Increase 

Ordinance 2017-005 PUBLIC HEARING ON 3/28/2017

NOTICE OF PENDING ORDINANCE #2017-005

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LUMBERTON, IN THE COUNTY OF BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY, APPROPRIATING CERTAIN MONIES FROM THE CAPITAL ACCOUNT AND PROVIDING FOR VARIOUS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND RELATED EXPENSES IN AND FOR THE TOWNSHIP

Notice is hereby given that the aforesaid ordinance was introduced and passed upon first reading at a meeting of the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton, County of Burlington, State of New Jersey, held March 14, 2017.

It will be further considered for final passage after public hearing thereon, at a meeting of said Township Committee to be held in the Lumberton Township Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, New Jersey, on March 28, 2017, beginning at 7:30PM. During the week prior to, up to and including the date of such meeting, copies of said ordinance will be made available at the Clerk’s Office in said Municipal Building to members of the general public who shall request the same.

Click below to view the ordinance document:

O-2017-005 Capital Surplus Ord.INTRODUCTION

Employment Opportunity!!!

FT ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY/CLERK, DEPUTY REGISTRAR: The Township of Lumberton is seeking a self-motivated professional with excellent communication skills and the ability to work with the public, to fill the position of full time Administrative Secretary/Clerk & Deputy Registrar.  This position is responsible for administrative support to the Township Administrator and Township Clerk.  In addition to typing, filing and scheduling, performs duties such as financial record keeping, assists the Township Clerk with the Townships clerical operations.  Other duties to include, managing the annual dog licensing procedures, assist with the responding to OPRA requests, vital statistics functions, including marriage and death certificates and other assigned duties.  Excellent skills in the Microsoft Office Suite Software is required.  Candidates attending, or willing to attend, CMR and RMC certification classes preferred. To Apply, please send a resume and cover letter, along with a Township Employment Application (found at link below) to Brandon E. Umba, Township Administrator, 35 Municipal Drive Lumberton, NJ 08048 or by email bumba@lumbertontwp.com. Closing date April 6, 2017.

Employment Application

Bid Opportunities:

Notice to Bidders – Bid Opening on April 6, 2017

  • Ground Maintenance Program 2017 – 2018
  • Irrigation System Management Program 2017 – 2018 

Any interested parties must contact the Township Clerk for the bid specifications packet (609) 267-3217 ext. 102 or email to dshaw@lumbertontwp.com

 

Burlco Energy Aggregation Program

Burlington County to start cost-saving energy aggregation program for some towns in fall

Mt. Laurel Sun Article, July 16, 2016

Burlington County Freeholder Mary Ann O’Brien has announced that the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ cost-saving Energy Aggregation Program will go into effect this September, with participating residents expected to see savings in their October electric bills.

“This Energy Aggregation Program allows Burlington County to make a ‘bulk purchase’ of energy supply at a rate that is guaranteed to be lower than what residents are currently paying to their electric company,” O’Brien said. “We can then offer that lower rate to our residents in participating municipalities. This will help to decrease the ever growing cost of utilities, an issue particularly important to those on a fixed income.”

The Freeholder Board hosted a competitive auction on Tuesday, June 14 to determine the program’s new fixed rate.

“I am pleased to announce that this process has enabled us to obtain real savings for our residents,” O’Brien said. “Customers of Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) will recognize a savings of at least 20 percent over their current rate, with customers of PSE&G recognizing a savings of at least 5 percent and Atlantic City Electric (ACE) customers seeing a savings of at least 13 percent; for an average of more than 12 percent in savings over 14 months.”

O’Brien said combined this means a total savings for residents of more than $2.8 million.

“One of the great things about this program is that, by law, it must offer our residents the lowest available rate,” O’Brien said. “This means that if at any time the default utility rate were to fall below the rate we received at auction, participating residents would receive that lower rate. That way, the savings are guaranteed.”

O’Brien said now that the aggregate rate has been determined, residents in participating towns will receive the lower rate, or they may ‘opt out’ of the program to either their current utility rate or to a third party provider.

“In that way, this plan not only lowers costs but also expands consumer choice by providing residents with a third option not currently available to them,” O’Brien said.

The Burlington County Bridge Commission will partner with the Freeholders to execute the energy aggregation program, providing technical and professional support and services.

This program was made available to all municipalities in Burlington County. Ultimately Burlington City, Cinnaminson, Florence, Lumberton, Moorestown, Palmyra, Southampton, Riverside, Woodland, and Wrightstown all chose to participate in this first round of the program. Those municipalities that have not chosen to participate in this initial launch will have an opportunity to do so in subsequent rounds of the program.

“This program is part of our long standing effort to fight for lower utility costs on behalf of our residents, a fight in which we have had many successes,” Freeholder O’Brien said. “For example, many will remember our public battle to stop New Jersey American Water from increasing water rates by 20 percent in 23 of our municipalities. We gathered more than 11,000 signatures from residents, and confronted the BPU through the mail and in person. When the smoke had cleared, their bid for a $95 million per year rate increase had been cut to less than a third of that amount.”

Please Click on the Below Link to Access the Outreach Kit for the Burlington County Energy Aggregation Program.

Powerpoint on Energy Aggregation Program

Lumberton’d Burlco Energy Aggregation Program Outreach Kit

 

Lumberton Township Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for it’s Two Newest Playground at Bryan Freeman Park in the Bobby’s Runs Section of Town

Lumberton, NJ – October 31, 2016 – After two months of construction, the Lumberton Township Committee is set to open its newest playgrounds as part of its Phase 1 refurbishment of the recreational parks located in the Bobby’s Run section of the Township.  Phase 1 consisted of replacing both playgrounds located at Bryan Freeman Park, as well as the playground at Turnbridge Drive.  The Turnbridge Park officially opened last weekend.

In Phase 2 is also underway and will completely refurbishing the tennis courts located at Bryan Freeman Park This overall project is a continuation of the Township Committee’s commitment to refurbishing the Public Parks and Playgrounds throughout the Town, all of which have all been funded in part by grants from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program.

Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “the grand opening of these last two new state of the art playgrounds located at the Bryan Freeman Park rounds out the Township’s 2016 playground reconstruction plan and my colleagues and I are proud to have all three playgrounds now open for our residents to enjoy.” “We have been very fortunate over the years to receive well over $875,000 worth of grant money provided by the Burlington County’s Municipal Park Development Program. As you drive throughout the Township it is great seeing all of the completed projects being enjoyed by our residents and visitors to our great town,” added Mayor Earlen.

To date, Lumberton Township and the Burlington County Freeholders have teamed up to  construct a brand new playground, Community Garden and Dog Park at the Village Green, a  Canoe Launch  on the Rancocas Creek, sports fields at our Municipal Building Complex, and now the refurbishment of Turnbridge Park and Bryan Freeman Park’s Playgrounds.

“Partnering with the Burlington County Freeholder Board has been a no brainer decision for the Township Committee,” added Committeeman Jim Conway, who serves as one of the Engineering Project liaisons to the Township Committee.  “This year in particular has been extremely good for Lumberton Township as participants in the county’s Park Development Grant Program due to the fact that several of our past projects provided by these grant funds finished well under budget and we were permitted to use all of our leftover grant money to refurbish three playgrounds in the Bobby’s Run Section of the Township,” stated Committeeman Conway.

Bryan Freeman Park will be open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week to be enjoyed by Township Residents.

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