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Letter from the Mayor's Office




To Warren Township residents and business community,

The Township has a great Summer Program for our residents. It includes the following:

The Recreation Commission will be presenting five concerts throughout the summer. All concerts are being held from 7:00-9:00pm on Wednesday nights with a rain date of Thursday night. Come out and enjoy different styles of music such as hit from the 50’s to 80’s, New Orleans Soul Funk, and more! Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair.

  • June 20- Bob Marino & Barbra Lawson (Municipal Courtyard)
  • June 27- Fabulous 50’s Night Featuring the Keynotes (Municipal Courtyard)
  • July 11- Little Jimmy & The Starlites (Municipal Pavilion)
  • July 25- Ross Griswold & The Second Line (Municipal Pavilion)
  • August 22- The JerZgirls (Municipal Courtyard)

We are also holding Warren’s Got Talent on July 18 (Municipal Pavilion) and the Teen Fest on August 2 (held at Round Top- Rain date August 7, from 6:00-9:00 pm, admission is charged for participants). 

Over the last few months the Township Committee has been working very hard on our town's budget. As most of you know, the town expenses are a minor part of your property tax bill. The schools and the county make up the bulk of the expenses.

Although our town expense impact is only about 20% of your property tax, I assure you that we are doing our very best to keep spending under control. We know that all of you are wrestling with your personal budgets and business expenses; and we are doing the same regarding municipal services. If you have been watching the cable broadcasts of our meetings, each budget item, by department, has been scrutinized and prioritized.

Our goal was to keep spending flat. This was difficult as we did not receive any increase in support from the State of New Jersey, the winter storms required a massive increase in snow removal and debris cleanup, and many of our expenses such as insurance have gone up significantly.

Several residents have offered advice and support. Their ideas are appreciated and certainly considered in the budgeting process.

Our volunteers have saved us from significant expenses that would've hit our property taxes over the years. This is especially true for emergency services. We could see as much as a 10% increase in the cost of operating the Township if we had to pay for firefighters and rescue workers.

The State’s potential cuts in support might be significant for Warren Township in the coming years as we are rated one of towns with high wealth residents and a low tax rate. While we appreciate being recognized for our fiscal responsibility in keeping the tax rate low, I believe that we should have been rewarded and not penalized.

The Township Committee thanks all of you for your support.

Please remember to shop and do business locally. It keeps our Town strong and vibrant.


Regards,

Mayor Victor Sordillo
Deputy Mayor Gary DiNardo
Carolann Garafola
George Lazo
Mick Marion