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Regarding the 2018 Washington Township Municipal Budget, our Business Administrator and Chief Financial Officer will again be hosting our small group information budget workshops at the municipal building. The purpose of these meetings is to allow residents to bring suggestions, important issues or ideas for the budget process. We will continue to offer transparency with our Administration's strategy and goals. The group meetings will be approximately 45-55 minutes long and are on a first come, first booking basis where you must RSVP for specific dates. Please contact Alicia Rotella at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 856-589-0575. You MUST contact Alicia for these meetings as they are by appointment only. The dates/times for these meetings are as follows:February 28 at 6:00 PMMarch 7 at 8:00 AM, March 14 at 6:00 PM, March 21 at 12:00 PM, and March 28 at 6:00 PMApril 4 at 12:00 PM, April 11 at 6:00 PM, April 18 at 8:00 AM, and April 28 at 6:00 PM
Washington Township Administration would like to put some facts together to clarify the budgetary process: The Township of Washington’s Administration has worked diligently on the preparation of the 2018 budget, following the statutory deadlines set by the State of New Jersey. The budget process includes obtaining information from all Township Department Heads as well as various other entities such as the Library, the Fire District, the School Board, the County and the State.
Several items required in the preparation of the budget are the Township’s Net Valuation Taxable, which is received in January from the Gloucester County Assessor’s Office and the amount of State Aid the Township will receive, which is provided in February from the State of New Jersey. The 2018 Budget process began on October 19, 2017, with the Chief Financial Officer providing each department head with a 2018 Budget Preparation Worksheet, which was required to be completed and returned to the CFO by November 3, 2017.
Budget meetings were scheduled with the Business Administrator, CFO and each Department Head during the weeks of November 6th and November 13th. These meetings were held to discuss with the department heads, what budget requirements they would have for 2018 as well as any new budgetary or capital initiatives they may be requesting.
The 2018 Temporary Budget was adopted on January 3, 2018 at the Re-Organization meeting in order to allow the Township to operate through the first quarter of the new year.The COLA or “Cap Ordinance” was introduced on February 7, 2018 and will be up for final reading and the public hearing on February 28, 2017.
The 2017 Annual Financial Statement was completed by February 10, 2018, at which time the CFO was provided with the prior year’s revenue amounts as well as the Township’s surplus number. These figures are required to prepare the 2018 budget.
The CFO met with the Auditors on February 22, 2018 in order to input the revenue and preliminary appropriations into the 2018 budget document.
The Administration has prepared the 2018 budget in an efficient and timely manner, adhering to the guidelines set by the state. The Budget is now under review and is scheduled to be introduced on March 28, 2018 which is within the approved statutory deadline for introduction. The State must then review and approve the Township’s budget before final adoption.