During a budget workshop on June 12, Manalapan commissioners tentatively agreed to maintain the current tax rate of $2.79 per $1,000 of taxable value for the 2017-18 fiscal year. That’s roughly 5 percent above the projected rollback that would keep total tax revenues flat year-over-year.
Mayor Keith Waters said the extra revenues are needed to make improvements to the Town Hall chambers and possibly to cover the legal expenses the town might have if it takes on the county and South Palm Beach over their beach stabilization project.
“We still have one of the lowest tax rates in the county,” the mayor said.
Town Manager Linda Stumpf said the proposed budget includes a 3 percent raise for employees, including police officers who are close to agreeing on a four-year contract with the town.
The next budget workshop is July 17 at 10 a.m.