Union/Morris Budget Comparison – 2017

The average Morris County homeowner can expect to pay just under $19 more in the county portion of the tax bill this year and Morris County Administrator John Bonanni and Freeholder Christine Myers took it upon themselves to explain the county budget to the Harding Township Committee this week.

While in Union County:
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Without explanation or apology. Here is more on the contrast:

Back at nj.com I did comparisons for 2008,  2009 and 2010 of the Union and Morris County budgets and did 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 here.  Both counties serve about 500,000 people though Morris, with a larger land mass and a county library, seems to do it for a lot less. Here is the 2017 update comparing the budgets adopted by Morris County and Union County:

OVERVIEW………………….….UNION………………….MORRIS
Total Appropriations…………..506,736,340………..332,064,443
Less: Surplus……………….…..(22,250,000)………….(25,343,797)
Less: State/Fed Revenue……(103,294,117)………….(53,049,356)
Less: County Revenue….……(26,422,400)………….(20,545,000)
Amt. Raised by Taxation….354,769,823………..233,126,290

APPROPRIATIONS DETAIL…..UNION………….MORRIS
Salaries……………………….……….175,891,052……………109,465,934
Debt Service……………………………67,593,919…………….41,923,203
Insurance……………………………….76,059,192…………….49,774,246
Social Security…………………………11,300,000………………7,101,632
Pensions…………………………………27,722,353……………..14,901,581
Other Expenses……..………………148,169,824……………108,897,847
TOTAL………………………………..506,736,340…………332,064,443

Further comparing 2008 to 2017 we see both budgets going up by about 15% over that period but in the amount to be raised by taxation one county stands out.

Total Budget…………………….UNION………………….MORRIS
2008……………………………..437,757,959……………..294,298,045
2017……………………………..506,736,340……………..332,064,443
$ Change………………………..+68,978,381……………..+37,766,398
Percentage Change…………….+15.76%…..…….…….+12.83%

Taxes…………………………….UNION………………….MORRIS
2008……………………………..251,657,663…………..193,480,382
2017……………………………..354,769,823…………..233,126,290
$ Change……………………..+103,112,160…………..+39,645,908
Percentage Change…………….+40.97%…..…….…….+20.49%

Note that Morris County also uses their Open Space tax (which they routinely cut) to acquire open space. Compare that to Union County which consistently raids their Open Space ‘Trust’ Fund for their regular budget and plans to continue in perpetuity.

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