The Borough has been very successful in obtaining grants over the past few years – now totaling over $1.5 million. On October 31st, Mayor Mark Desire was contacted by NJ Department of Transportation of their approval of a $225,000 grant for the reconstruction of McDonald Street. Several weeks ago, the design plans for this project were authorized so that work could be undertaken as soon as possible.
The Borough has aggressively pursued grants to help offset the budget and minimize the impact on tax payers. High Bridge’s municipal budget was approved on April 26th that included a $0.01 decrease in the Municipal Tax Rate. This was accomplished through the hard work of the Council Finance Committee and the unanimous vote of the Borough Council.
While County and Regional and Local School District tax rates have increased, the Borough’s tax rate dropped this year. This makes High Bridge one of the few Hunterdon County towns that have been able to accomplish this in 2018.
This Summer saw the all-too-familiar State budget process take longer than it could have. The lateness of the adoption of the State budget delayed the issuance of property tax bills in every municipality in New Jersey. Because of this delay, the Borough extended the grace period for quarterly property tax payment to August 17, 2018. Property owners always have the option of paying at Borough Hall or on-line through the Borough website.
Saving Borough Tax Dollars – Grants Total over $1.5 Million over the Past Few Years
In the Borough’s continuing efforts to save your property tax dollars, we were fortunate to have obtained assistance from a variety of sources that address various needs for High Bridge Borough.
- Numerous grants from the NJ Department of Transportation to help fund needed improvements to Borough roads. Recent projects partially funded with these grants are portions of Cregar Road and Mill Street. Approved and yet to be constructed is Washington Avenue from the intersection of McDonald Street to the Fire House, which will go out to bid later this year so construction can occur in the Spring of 2019. A detailed list of recently received grants appears below.
- Cregar Road, Phase 5 – $160,000
- Cregar Road, Phase 6 – $160,000
- Main Street “Streetscape” Phase 1 – $192,273
- Main Street “Streetscape Phase 2 – $215,000
- Mill Street – $175,000
- Washington Avenue, Phase 1 – $180,000
- Washington Avenue, Phase 2 – $247,500
- McDonald Street – $225,000
- Total – $1,554,773
- A grant from the Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders to make repairs to the roof of Solitude House. This work was completed this Spring and helps preserve this significant historic feature in High Bridge.
- Half of the parking lot at the Golf Course was paved at the expense of Elizabethtown Gas Company. The paving project was done in exchange for their use of the parking lot for the storage of materials related to the gas line installation along Cregar Road.
- NJ Transit has committed to replacing their Cregar Road bridge. The Borough has been in regular contact with them and has agreed to make temporary repairs until this project is complete. NJ Transit has begun the engineering work and has informed the Borough that the target for completion is next year.
- Raritan Valley Community College sponsors student intern programs. High Bridge began participating in 2017 with two student placements. Their eagerness to learn and assist made this a mutually worthwhile effort. Two new students have been assigned for 2018 and have already begun their work in Borough Hall.