MIDDLESEX BUDGET TO BE ADOPTED

The Middlesex County Board of Supervisors voted to adopt the FY20 county and school budgets for a total amount of $27,094,811. It includes increasing the personal property tax rate by 5 cents on a $100 worth of value. A one-cent tax hike on the real estate tax rate was also approved. By lowering the proposed personal property tax rate increase to 5 cents, it decreased proposed revenues by $50,000. In order to balance the budget, the motion approved by supervisors included reducing contingency expenditures from $50,000 to $30,000; reducing the Public Access Authority project fund by $5,000; reducing the sheriff’s contingency fund by $10,000; reducing the economic development line item by $5,000; and reducing funds to schools by $10,000.