Vol. 59 - 2019
April 18, 2019
Hunterdon 2019 Budget:
Tax Rate Flat Again 
Hunterdon County’s Board of Freeholders, on April 16 th , introduced the 2019 County budget that for the fourth time in the last five years holds the County’s tax rate steady.

The $88,491,725 budget calls for a flat County tax rate of 31.5 cents per $100 of property valuation, the same rate as in 2018.

Freeholder Matt Holt, a member of the Freeholder’s Budget Committee, in a statement, said, “This is a budget that remains $12 million less than the nearly $100 million County budget of 12 years ago.

It meets the operational costs required to achieve both the public’s expectation for services and those required by state mandates.

And it does not increase the tax rate for the fourth time in the last five years. I would put Hunterdon County’s record of fiscal prudence over the last five years up against any other County in the state.”

Anthony Kearns 'Walksout' For Final Time As Prosecutor
Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III was officially recognized and thanked for his nine years of service as the County’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer at a traditional ‘Walkout’ ceremony, replete with bagpipes, at the County Justice Complex, on April 12 th , his last day in office.

Freeholder Board Deputy Director John E. Lanza, a fellow Hunterdon County attorney and close friend, in remarks at the ceremony, said that Kearns was one of Hunterdon’s most successful attorneys before being named prosecutor.

“Tony Kearns put a lot of bad guys in jail. Every prosecutor does that. But from his opioid seminars in local town halls to his active shooter presentations at the schools, Tony preferred prevention to prosecution. He made our citizens aware of the risks around them. As a consequence, he made the state's safest county even safer,” Lanza told those in attendance.

Hunterdon County's Communication System was first established in 1975 and was the first county-wide 9-1-1 agency in New Jersey. With continuous 24-hour coverage, providing help and assistance when needed, this week is designated to thank those who answer your calls.

Freeholder Deputy Director John E. Lanza said, "The Board extends their gratitude to the County's Communications Division for protecting the people in Hunterdon County. The division's exemplary service and 24-hour availability to help fellow human beings is commendable. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do."
Hunterdon Freeholders Oppose School Aid Cuts

PBS39 News: Erica Andrews covers the proposed school aid plan which cuts 2.1 million from county schools. Hunterdon County Freeholder Board opposes Governor Phil Murphy's school cuts.

To watch the video, click here.

To sign the petition, click here.
i nformation
Hunterdon County Senior Center

The Grandparent Series is a four part lecture designed especially for seniors interested in learning about the challenges that face our youth every day.

19TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL

Saturday, April 27th - 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Echo Hill park.
Admittance is FREE !
All ages are invited to attend.
Strikeout Hunger NJ

6th Annual Softball Tournament
Saturday, May 4
2 PM to 5 PM

Admission is an item for area food pantries .


County Health Department seeks volunteer actors for emergency preparedness exercise
For questions or to participate, contact Janis Clark at (908) 806-4617, or via e-mail at  jclark@co.hunterdon.nj.us .

Saturday June 8th and
Sunday June 9th

Hunterdon Central Regional High School

Click the image above for more information
UPDATE
Hunterdon County DPW: Road Construction on Route 523 and Hollow Road

County Route 523 construction began April 1, 2019.

FROM: Delaware Drive, Delaware Township
TO: N.J.S.H. 29 Stockton

Plan alternate route or expect delays. Construction is expected to continue until mid June. 

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Hunterdon County Culvert L-77 located on Hollow Road in Lebanon Township will be closed on or about July 1, 2019 until the end of August 2019.
Hunterdon County Library

23rd Annual Book Sale
2019 Dates: April 27 -29

RVCC Planetarium Plans Laser Concerts, Star Shows for All Ages in April

Planetarium tickets cost $10 for one show, $16 for two shows on the same day. For reservations and information, call 908-231-8805. For additional information, visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium .
Hunterdon County Parks
& Recreation
Click the image above for information on all County Parks & Recreation Programs in April and May.

All programs require pre-registration unless otherwise stated .

Please note that cost is per participant, including children and accompanying adults, unless stated otherwise
Social Security and OIG
Launch Public Service Announcement Campaign

C ampaign launched addressing a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. Reports from around the country cite fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees.

For more information, click here and do not reveal any personal data to a stranger who calls you.
Click the image below to read the Department of Public Works 2018 Annual Report
Find us on Facebook and Twitter for up to date information on road and bridge closures.
Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders
and Constitutional Officers
Suzanne Lagay  
Director
John E. Lanza 
Deputy Director
J. Matthew Holt
Susan Soloway 
Shaun Van Doren

Mary H. Melfi
County Clerk
Fred W. Brown
Sheriff
Susan J. Hoffman
Surrogate
Michael J. Williams
Acting Prosecutor
(not pictured)
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