Lawrence Municipal Budget Recommendations Reported

    Lawrence Township Manager and Chief Financial Officer, Richard Krawczun, released his 2017 municipal budget recommendations at Tuesday’s town council meeting. After adjusting for grants, the billing increase from the Ewing Lawrence Sewerage Authority (ELSA), and a one-time appropriation funded by the use of additional surplus, the recommended budget of $44,357,350 will be $511K higher than in 2016, an increase of 1.19%.

    Krawczun’s efforts in bringing the township back to financial health was voiced repeatedly by council members when reviewing the budget’s marked debt reduction to $18M from $31M in 2010, an unchanged tax rate of .527 for the fourth consecutive year, and despite flattening of state aid, a surplus that will increase by $2.4M to $11.7M.

    “This is by far the largest surplus that we’ve had since 1995,” said Council member Cathleen Lewis.

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    Angela Jacobs is a freelance writer who lives in Hopewell Township with her teenaged children and partner of 20 years. Despite her best efforts to simplify her life, last year she added four chickens and a second rescue dog to her pet menagerie. Unfortunately, an interim of peaceful coexistence ended with the untimely demise of two of the chickens at the paws of Jax, the new dog. An egregious lack of impulse control has since been diagnosed resulting in an indefinite separation of Jax from all present and future chickens, her two cockatiels, open garbage cans, snacks open on tables, abandoned stuffed animals, etc. She does however gently encourage him toward a certain industrious squirrel that has spelunked its way through her backyard in search of the most perfect hiding spot for its nuts.

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