MULLICA TOWNSHIP — The township’s proposed budget of $5.52 million is down slightly from last year’s, but the municipal tax rate would increase by 2.7 percent under the township’s budget proposal.

Falling tax collection rates and loss of some grant money were the main reasons for the tax increase, Township Chief Financial Officer Dawn M. Stollenwerk said.

The budget was introduced at a township committee meeting Tuesday night.

The local tax rate would go from $1.104 per $100 valuation in 2012, to $1.134 for 2013, according to township figures. That means the owner of a home assessed at the average for the township, at $110,000, would see a local portion tax bill of $1,247.35 this year, up about $33 from last year.

The total tax rate, which includes county and school spending, would increase by 4.3 percent, from $3.919 to $4.087 per $100 assessed valuation. So that same homeowner’s total tax bill would be about $185 higher, at $4,495 next year, compared to $4,310 last year.

The municipal budget maintains all current service levels, Stollenwerk said.

She said the township lost a $24,000 state Safe and Secure Communities grant because the township decided not to fill a police officer’s position since last year, and now has one fewer officer than required to qualify for the money.

The township hasn’t had a revaluation in many years, so its property is assessed at about 51 percent of value, Stollenwerk said.

The amount budgeted for municipal salaries and wages would decrease by about half a percent, while that for expenses such as pension and Social Security for current and past employees, and statutory costs, would stay about the same.

Capital expenditures would plummet by almost 90 percent, from $138,000 to $15,000. Debt service would increase 7.23 percent, from $297,500 to $319,000.

The township is anticipating collecting 6.25 percent more in delinquent taxes, from $400,000 to $425,000; but the amount paid into reserve for uncollected taxes would increase by much more — 12.46 percent — to $779,168 from $692,810.

There will be a municipal budget hearing at Township Hall April 9 at 7 p.m.

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