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INSIDE THIS ISSUEBudget talks
School district readies to present budget. PAGE 5
SEAN LAJOIE/The SunElijah Harvey and Kiera Bunt slice their banana as they near the finished product and get ready to eat. The Pinelands Branch Libraryheld its Kids Can Cook event last week. Ms. Beth Ann, from the ShopRite of Medford, led the class for some kid-friendly cooking. Thechildren were able to sample new foods while learning about cooking, measuring, nutrition and sharing. For another photo, please seepage 18.
Kid-friendly cooking No taxincreaseproposed
By BRIGIT BAUMAThe Sun
After receiving the proposed2016 municipal budget on Feb. 12,Town Council came to the publicwith an update at its March 1meeting.According to Mayor Jeffrey
Beenstock, the budget originallygiven to council proposed aroughly one-cent increase in thetax rate, which is equivalent toabout $300,000. After council wentthrough it and proposed changes,the township is now looking at notax increase.The total budget as it sits is
$20.5 million, with $12.3 millionraised through the tax levy. The2016 budget is roughly $600,000less than last years, and theamount of the levy is the same.The largest driver of that de-crease, according to Beenstock, isthe debt service that has de-
please see COUNCIL, page 4
Council gives updateon municipal budgetat March 1 meeting
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Medford Township will providetwo brush collections during 2016 one in the spring and one in latesummer/early fall. The springdates for collection are as follows: Zone 1: Weeks of March 14
and March 21 Zone 2: Weeks of March 28
and April 4 Zone 3: Weeks of April 11 and
April 18 Zone 4: Weeks of April 25 and
May 2 Zone 5: Weeks of May 9 and
May 16Each street will be collected
once. Brush placed at the streetfor collection outside of these col-
lection dates will not be collected.Brush shall include the prun-
ing of trees, shrubs, bushes orvines, but exclude grass clip-pings, flowers, weeds, tree trunks,stumps, and leaves. If the exclud-ed items are mixed with thebrush, the material will not becollected. All brush must be piledneatly at the edge of the propertyand cannot be placed in any road-way or sidewalk. Brush should not exceed four
to six feet in length, and shouldnot be any larger than six inchesin diameter. As a reminder forthose residents who utilize a pri-vate contractor, the contractor is
responsible for the removal of thebrush from the property. Crews will make every effort to
adhere to the above schedule. Res-idents who need to dispose ofbrush outside of the above sched-ule may bring their material tothe public works yard during reg-ular yard hours Mondaythrough Friday from 7 a.m. to 2p.m. and every third Saturdayfrom 7 a.m. to 12 p.m., excludingholidays.Please note that excessive
amounts of brush could result indelayed collection of the nextscheduled zone. Thank you foryour patience and understanding.
Spring brush collection dates approach in Medford
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creased this year by about$400,000.As a result, we are able to keep
the levy flat, Beenstock said.One part of the budget is sur-
plus, which is excess money fromthe prior years not used. Councildecided it did not want to usemore than 10 percent of the town-ships total budget amount fromsurplus. According to Beenstock,he believes council is going to ac-complish that this year and is ac-tually using less surplus this yearthan last year.The services the township will
be providing will be at or above2015, Beenstock said. The budgetprovides for the hire of a new po-lice officer and the possibility ofhiring more contractors for snowremoval, with the idea that thetownship could hopefully takeover snow removal duties fromthe county for county roads.Beenstock also spoke on the
townships capital program. Fi-nanced through the issuance ofbonds, it is required to include 5percent of those bonds. Includedin the budget is a capital improve-ment fund of $140,000 that wouldbe available for down payments. Ifthe township uses the fullamount, this would allow Med-ford to issue roughly $2.8 millionin bonds for capital improve-ments.Items council is considering as
capital improvements, but are notfinalized are: $1 million towardMedfords road program, whichwas $700,000 last year; the pur-chase of fire trucks, specifically atanker and a pumper; the pur-chase of a dump truck for neigh-borhood services; completingfunding for a new turf field; andthe purchase of some equipmentfor police, primarily body andmobile vision cameras.
COUNCILContinued from page 1
please see BUDGET, page 13
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