Looming Sequestration Cuts Shouldn't Have Much Of An Effect on Berkeley, Mayor Says
Budget introduction will be delayed this year for a number of reasons
The federal sequestration cuts slated for March 1 shouldn't affect Berkeley Township at all, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.
"It does not look like we would lose any funds," he said. "We barely get any federal funding as it is."
Berkeley receives a $24,000 Homeland Security Grant through the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management. The township has received Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grants in the past, which paid for 75 percent of the salary and benefits for new officers for 36 months, Amato said.
"We will most likely apply again in the future," he said.
However, the municipal budget introduction will be delayed this year, Amato said.
The township is waiting for confirmation of its state aid numbers, the total tax revenue loss in ratables following Superstorm Sandy and the declining tax collection rate.
"I don't anticipate introducing the budget until possibly late spring," Amato said. "We are in the process of setting up meetings with the Council Finance Committee to review."