By Freeholder Director Tom Arnone
Happy Spring! I’m sure I am joined by many in saying I hope we saw our last snowfall until next winter season.
I’d like to thank our department of public works employees for working throughout this recent storm to clear our roads and county-owned properties. As always, these employees did a great job. I’d also like to thank our first responders who were also out working throughout the storm in difficult weather conditions.
On a separate note, the 2018 Monmouth County budget was approved during the March 19th meeting of the Board of Chosen Freeholders. When we first introduced our budget, there was a proposed 1-percent tax increase. Ultimately, the approved budget includes a half-percent tax increase.
I commend my fellow Freeholders for working hard to reduce our budget and cut costs in order to continue to provide the great services and infrastructure improvements throughout the County with a minimal tax increase.
As I have said many times before, we do not start working on the budget in the early months of 2018. Instead, my colleagues and I work throughout the entire year to efficiently run our departments while keeping costs down. I already look forward to working on the following year’s budget and I am certain I will begin meeting with our finance team in the coming weeks.
On an exciting note, I am pleased to announce our 2018 summer kickoff event will be held in Manasquan on May 21st. The County’s Department of Public Information and Tourism, which I oversee, is in the preliminary stages of planning this year’s event and will provide more details once they become available. I look forward to another fun kickoff event!
Lastly, I would like to remind everyone that our annual Made in Monmouth event will return on Saturday, April 14th at the OceanFirst Bank Center at Monmouth University. Admittance is free to the event which will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature hundreds of local, small businesses ready to sell their products. I’d like to thank the County’s Economic Department, which I oversee, for coordinating Made in Monmouth and my fellow Freeholders for their continued support of this event.
As always, it’s a privilege to serve as your Freeholder Director.