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Township Introduces 2019 Budget: Municipal Tax Rate Declines 2.66%

The Middletown Township Committee introduced its $79.9 million budget at the April 1st Township Committee meeting. The proposed municipal budget reduces the tax rate from .489 in 2018 to .476, a 2.66% decrease.

The proposed 2019 municipal budget includes additional funding for more than 70 parks that span across Middletown’s 16 neighborhoods, as well as an increase of $470,000 to the Capital Improvement Fund, which requires no debt, that will provide the town the ability to complete more capital projects. It also covers the approximate 3.5% increase to maintain and improve the Township’s 375 miles of roads.

“While Trenton continues to shift its unfunded mandates and financial problems onto municipalities, the Township Committee and I are committed to putting taxpayers first,” said Mayor Tony Perry. “State-mandated pension costs increased approximately $500,000 and the continual siphoning of the energy receipts tax denies Middletown nearly $5.5 million in what could be immediate tax relief.”

Click HERE to view the entire press release. 

Middletown Township Committee Demands
Public Hearing for Pipeline Project

On April 1st, the Middletown Township Committee unanimously passed a resolution requesting the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hold a public hearing in the Bayshore area regarding the Northeast Supply Enhancement (NESE) Project, a proposed natural gas pipeline that will go through the Raritan Bay and only service the State of New York.  

As of Wednesday, April 3rd the DEP has received requests from multiple municipalities, including Middletown, to allow the community to comment on the proposed pipeline that will run between Pennsylvania and Long Island, cut through central New Jersey and include 23.5 miles of pipeline through the Raritan/Lower New York Bay.

“The Township Committee and I strongly encourage the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to provide the residents of Middletown and the Bayshore area the ability to voice their questions and concerns about the proposed pipeline,” said Mayor Tony Perry. “This project would provide no practical use to the people of the Bayshore all the while exposing the coastal communities to the potential environmental impacts.”

Click HERE to view the resolution.

Health Department Partners with
Optical Academy to Offer Affordable Eye Wear
and Exams to Residents

Optical Academy
Mayor Tony Perry and Kathy Straniero of Middletown's Social Services Department stand with members of the Optical Academy and a Middletown resident at the event on April 4th. 

Mayor Tony Perry stopped by Middletown High School North on Thursday, April 4th to get a good look at the low cost eye wear and exam event hosted by the Optical Academy in partnership with Middletown's Health Department. The program offers affordable glasses and eye exams so residents have the opportunity to buy glasses for a fraction of the price. 
Pat Snell and Troop 32

Four Members of Boy Scout Troop 32 Earn the Rank of Eagle Scout

Committeewoman Pat Snell attended an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony last Saturday at United Methodist Church to congratulate four members of Troop 32. 

Ryan Belle completed his community service project by building picnic tables and landscaping the outdoor area for HABCore homes in Beachwood, NJ. HABCore is an organization in Red Bank that provides temporary and permanent housing for struggling families. Matthew Decker refurbished and painted the guardrail that ran along the driveway of the Oasis Foundation, which is a farm that provides meaningful work and healthy residences for autistic individuals. He also created two crushed stone pull-off areas along the driveway to make it easier when cars are coming from both directions. Daniel DeSanctis designed and built a wheelchair-accessible patio at De La Salle Hall, a nursing home facility in Lincroft. Daniel Johnson renovated the Middletown High School South Band Snack Shack located by the football field. He added two picnic tables and benches and updated the condiment stand with a granite top. 

We congratulate these young men on this impressive achievement!

DPW to Issue Warning Stickers for
Recycling Violations Starting Wed., 4/10

Monmouth County Hosts 8th Annual
Made in Monmouth Event on Saturday, April 13th 

Rabies Alert

Middletown Rabies Alert in Area of Bellevue Avenue Between Hamilton and Highland Avenues

The Middletown Township Health Department responded to a call concerning a sick raccoon in the area of Bellevue Avenue between Hamilton Avenue and Highland Avenue. Middletown Animal Control captured the raccoon and it was sent to the State Laboratory for testing. Laboratory results received on April 3, 2019 confirmed that the raccoon was rabid.

The Health Department would like to alert residents to be on the lookout for a white cat with a lame back left leg and large wounds on it. This cat may have been in contact with, and exposed to, the rabid raccoon. If you see this cat, do not approach it or try to pick it up. Contact Animal Control immediately at 732-615-2097 or the Police Dept at 732-615-2100.

New Jersey American Water

Temporary Water Treatment Change to End in Monmouth County

On April 10th, New Jersey American Water will resume using chloramines in water treatment at its Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in Colts Neck. During the transition to free chlorine residual, some customers may have noticed a slight chlorine taste and odor in their water. With the resumption of the chlorination process, the taste and smell of chlorine will subside.

     Click HERE to read the press release. 

Township Clerk

Upcoming Events


Saturday, April 13th @ 2:00 PM

Middletown Community Affairs Council to Hold Youth Job Fair Wed., 4/10 at Middletown North 

Middletown Youth Job Fair

Please Consider Donating Goods for Easter Baskets to Those in Need 

Easter Basket Donations

MTPD to Hold Car Seat Safety Event on Friday, 4/19

Car Seat Event


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