Morris Town Sees Decrease in School Tax Levy, No Meeting on March 18th

In a recent Morris Town Council meeting, it was announced that both Morris Town and Morris Township taxpayers would see a decrease in the school tax levy for the upcoming year. This marks the first time since 2010 that the share paid by Morris Township has decreased to 60%, with Morris Township covering the remaining 40%. The decrease is expected to result in a reduction of approximately $150 per household. Additionally, the council addressed the adjournment of two applications related to property development and the adoption of the 2024 bylaws for land use boards.

The meeting saw the discussion of potentially financial relief for residents concerning the school tax levy. The positive development in the tax situation can be attributed to the strategic use of Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) programs and a recent reevaluation in Morris Township, which led to an increase in their equalized property valuation. The decrease in the levy is seen as a welcome change, as historically, Morris Township has shouldered a larger portion of the levy, at times as high as 67%. The council member who provided this update stressed the importance of this shift and highlighted that contrary to potential concerns, this decrease was not due to a drop in property values.

In other council business, there was a mention of the adjournment of two applications—one regarding the installation of additional signage by Lial US LLC and another concerning a request for an extension to file a subdivision deed by Mars Marketplace. Both matters have been postponed to the April 1, 2024 meeting. This postponement also led to the announcement that there would be no council meeting on March 18th, as there are no other applications ready for that date.

Additionally, the council addressed the adoption of the 2024 bylaws for land use boards, essential for the operation of the board and in compliance with the municipal land use law. The bylaws were re-adopted without changes, as there were no alterations to policies or procedures warranting an update. Furthermore, a clarification was provided regarding board member participation in meetings remotely, emphasizing that while general business could be conducted remotely, participation in hearings on applications for development required in-person attendance to avoid due process concerns.

The meeting concluded with a brief discussion on the upcoming school budget approval process, inviting public attendance and participation. The council member’s update on the school budget was an unscheduled but discussion point, providing an overview of the budget process and emphasizing the importance of community involvement.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Donna J. Guariglia
City Council Officials:
Jeffery R. Grayzel, Mark J. Gyorfy, William “Bud” Ravitz, Siva S. Jonnada

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