Wednesday, February 15, 2017

North Wildwood Introduces 2017 Spending Plan

* Tax Increase to be Less Than One Penny *


On Tuesday, February 21, the City of North Wildwood will introduce the municipal budget for 2017.

With all departmental budgets and capital improvements allocated for the year, the City announced that the 2017 municipal budget will include a less than 1 penny tax increase for the residents and taxpayers of the City of North Wildwood.

“It is by way of careful and diligent multi-year capital and operational budgeting that we are able to provide a continuation of quality of life improvements to our city, without placing monetary stress on our taxpayers,” said Mayor Patrick Rosenello. “With this budget, we will continue to carry the title of the town on the New Jersey Shore with the lowest average property tax bill,” added Rosenello.

In the past several years the City has worked to level off significant expenses such as insurance through innovative programs that have helped to keep insurance rates relatively flat for two years.

Together with new labor contracts for all of the City employee unions, these changes will help maintain the long term structural balance of the North Wildwood budget.

“Even with this very small increase, we are still able to aggressively make improvements in our town that not only add enjoyment for our homeowners and visitors, but directly add to the safety and overall value of their homes,” said Rosenello.

See below for a brief list of projects to keep an eye out for in 2017-18:

  • Sand Rinse Stations 16th to 25th Avenues – Additional rinse areas will now be added at all beach access-ways from 16th – 25th Avenue and on 1st and Surf and 2nd and Ocean Avenues. 
  • Street Reconstruction – In addition to the streets currently under construction (NJEIT - 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th Avenues, between JFK and Surf Avenue), the entire length of Ocean and Surf Avenues between 1st & 11th, as well as 17th Avenue between New Jersey and New York Avenues will all be reconstructed in 2017 and 2018.
  • 16th Avenue Park and Street End – This area will be completely reconstructed and will include a fully ADA compliant access area to our beach and boardwalk, and a refurbished playground.  Supplemented using a $400,000 grant from the State of New Jersey.
  • NJDEP Flood Risk Reduction and Resiliency Grant Project – In 2016 the City of North Wildwood received the largest grant in the City’s history when we received a nearly $10 million grant to address serious flooding issues in our inlet area. A pump station will be installed at St Demetrios Greek Church parking lot to reduce flood on NJ-147. 

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