EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Township Committee unanimously approved its $36.5 million budget at its Wednesday meeting, a $1.8 million increase from 2012 that will cost the typical taxpayer about 3 percent more in local taxes.

The budget comes on the heels of last year’s revaluation, which increased the average residential assessment from $137,285 to $208,003. As a result, the amount the average residence will pay for the municipal portion of its property tax will increase from about $1,008 to $1,040.

The budget is substantially similar to the one introduced April 10, including a municipal tax rate of $0.05 per $1,000 assessed value.

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On Wednesday, township Administrator Peter Miller said the state disallowed some of the township’s accounting for its cleanup costs following last year’s late-June derecho storm. Consequently, the township increased its surplus to $225,000.

Miller also said the township’s open-space fund would raise about $300,000, with about $250,000 planned to be spent on the township’s arboretum and nature center.

The only member of the public to speak out on the budget was township resident Paul Rosenberg, who thanked the Township Committee members and the municipal employees for their work. It made him think his tax money was well spent.

“Thank you, Mr. Rosenberg. That was very nice,” said Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough. “And rare.”

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Senior copy editor for the Press of Atlantic City. Have worked as a reporter, copy editor and news editor with the paper since 1985. A graduate of the University of Delaware.

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