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Municipal Building 
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Registrar of Vital Statistics
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Tax Assessor
Wednesday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Tax Collector
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Notary Public
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

 

Department of Public Works

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35 Municipal Drive,
Lumberton, NJ 08048
(609) 267-3217

Hours: Mon - Fri  6:45am to 2:45pm

DPW Yard is Open to Residents on the        1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 7:30am to 1:30pm

Free Mulch Available - The Public Works Department has mulch available for Lumberton Township residents. It is piled next to the waste oil shed in the parking lot directly across the side entrance of the Municipal Complex. 

There is NO topsoil or compost available.

August Tax Bill Mailing DELAYED

Please be aware that due to the County not adopting their budget until this month and with the changes to the State’s School Funding formula changing, Tax Bill for the 2017-2018 fiscal year have not been mailed as of yet.  This will delay the due date for your August payment beyond the August 10, 2017 grace period.   As more information becomes available we will be sure to update residents.  Please call the Tax Collectors Office at 609-267-3217 ext. 112 with any additional questions.

Ordinance Pending Adoption

ORDINANCE 2017-008

 ORDINANCE AMENDING BOND ORDINANCE 2015-04-007 OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LUMBERTON, COUNTY OF BURLINGTON, NEW JERSEY

The Ordinance was introduced and will be considered for final passage after public hearing at a meeting of the Township Committee in the Lumberton Township Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, New Jersey, on July 25, 2017, beginning at 7:30PM.

Click below to view the Ordinance document:  

Ordinance 2017-008

Rancocas Valley Lacrosse Camp

Ready4Varsity will be hosting its annual boys skills camp August 1-3, 6-8:30pm on the turf in Bill Gordan Stadium at Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Those attending will participate in drills run by former college and current Varsity players. The event is open to all grade 5 and above. All players must be US Lacrosse members for insurance purposes.

 

Additional information and registration forms are available at rvlax.webs.com

RELOCATION OF POLLING PLACES

Please take notice that the Burlington County Board of Elections has approved the relocation of Districts 1, 6 and 9 Election Polling Places beginning on the June 6th Primary Election. The sample ballots will have the polling places listed as follows:

District 1 previously at EMS Building is moved to

Municipal Building Court Room

35 Municipal Drive

 

District 6 previously at Ashbrook School is moved to

Municipal Building Community Room

35 Municipal Drive

 

District 9 previously at Ashbrook School is moved to

Municipal Building Community Room

35 Municipal Drive

The Following Is An Update Letter From Mayor Earlen & The Township Committee Regarding The Mt. Holly MUA

Friends and Neighbors, 

Earlier this year, I wrote to you on behalf of the Township Committee in response to the many complaints we received from Lumberton residents regarding the 40% increases in the Mount Holly Municipal Utilities Authority’s (MUA) sewer bills over the past three years.  At that time, we pledged to work to address the unfair billing rates charged by the MUA and the absence of any Lumberton representation on the MUA board.  We appreciate the overwhelming support you have expressed for our efforts to fight for what is fair for Lumberton residents.   I am writing to give an update on these efforts.

As you may recall, the Township Committee has raised three issues with the MUA, beginning with the decision to increase Lumberton’s residential and commercial sewer rates by more than 40% since 2013.  Second, Lumberton residents do not share the same “host town” benefits that Mount Holly residents enjoy, even though the MUA’s sewer processing facility is physically constructed in Lumberton Township.  Mount Holly residents enjoy sewer rate and connection fee discounts of 25% below the rates paid by Lumberton residents.  Third, although Lumberton is the largest town that the MUA serves, our township has never been represented on the MUA Board and therefore, we believe that our concerns are not being appropriately or adequately represented.  The MUA Board is currently comprised of individuals appointed by the Mount Holly Township Council only, including several Mount Holly Council members.  As such, it is little surprise that Mount Holly residents enjoy such generous discounts at the expense of Lumberton taxpayers.  Lumberton Township has been fighting to receive the same “host town” sewer rate reduction as Mount Holly residents, along with two seats on the MUA Board so that Lumberton’s rights are properly represented.  

Sadly, we have had to resort to hiring a special counsel and filing numerous Open Public Records Act requests in order to gain answers to the concerns raised by our residents.  The documents reveal that Mount Holly Township consistently uses the Mount Holly MUA to fund the municipal budget.  That means the exorbitant fees paid by Lumberton residents are being used to fund Mount Holly Township.  Over the last several months, we have also learned the following about the MUA.

  • In addition to charging Mount Holly residents and businesses lower rates, the Mount Holly MUA Board makes a yearly payment of $365,150 to the Township of Mount Holly as a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).  In fact, in 2013, two months after the MUA voted to raise Lumberton’s rates, the Board passed Resolution 2013-67, which amended its budget to increase that PILOT amount from $240,150 to the current $365,150.00.  When asked how the MUA will fund this increase, the Deputy Director of Finance stated (as recorded in the minutes of August 8, 2013), “the recent rate increase will cover the additional appropriations.” To put this in perspective, the Mount Holly Town Council appoints its own members to the Mount Holly MUA, who in turn send hundreds of thousands of Lumberton ratepayers’ dollars back to the Mount Holly Council for their budget. This is just wrong and unjust to the hard working residents of Lumberton.
  • In what we believe to be a hollow attempt to satisfy one of our complaints, the Mount Holly Township Council, without any consultation with the Lumberton Township Committee, appointed one Lumberton resident to the MUA Board. It is our opinion that this is a callous act to give the appearance of openness and cooperation when in fact nothing could be farther from the truth. This new Board member has not contacted any member of our Township Committee, nor Township administration to discuss your complaints or what is right and just for Lumberton’s ratepayers. 
  • Now, to our amazement and disgust, this week the Mount Holly MUA notified Lumberton Township that it is increasing sewer connection fees AGAIN. Already amongst the highest in the Burlington County, this additional increase in connection fees presents an even greater barrier to growth for Lumberton businesses and developers, putting Lumberton at a disadvantage compared to its Mount Holly neighbors. 

 We began this effort to ensure that Lumberton’s residents and businesses receive fair treatment and relief in their billing and connection fees, and open and honest representation on the MUA Board.  Now, we also believe that the MUA owes Lumberton ratepayers an explanation as to why it cannot be afforded the same benefits that Mount Holly residents enjoy and why the Mount Holly MUA is balancing the Mount Holly Township budget on the backs of Lumberton residents.

Why is it that the Mount Holly MUA’s rates are so much higher than others in the region?  What makes it so much more expensive to process sewage in Mount Holly than elsewhere in Burlington County? Please be assured that the Lumberton Township Committee intends to find out why and will continue to fight for Lumberton’s residents and businesses.  We ask for your continued support in this cause as we work to keep pressure on the members of the MUA Board to do what’s right.  To voice your concerns, contact the Mount Holly MUA at info@mhmua.com or by calling 609-267-0015

Sincerely,

Sean W. Earlen

Mayor

searlen@lumbertontwp.com

Letter to Lumberton Residents Regarding MUA Update 5-25-17

Letter to Lumberton Residents Regarding MUA Response 2-10-2017

November 22 2016 Township Letter to the Mt. Holly MUA

July 1 2016 Township Letter to the Mt. Holly MUA

 

Lumberton Township Opens New Bryan Freeman Park Tennis Courts

Lumberton Township Opens

New Bryan Freeman Park Tennis Courts

Lumberton, NJ – May 19, 2017 – The Lumberton Township Committee opened its newly refurbished Tennis Court located at Bryan Freeman Park in the Bobby’s Run section of the Township, this Friday completing its yearlong project to renovate recreational areas in this part of town.  This project consisted of replacing both playgrounds and tennis courts located at Bryan Freeman Park, as well as the playground at Turnbridge Drive. 

This overall project is a continuation of the Township Committee’s commitment to refurbishing the Public Parks and Playgrounds throughout the Town, with this past year focusing on the Bobby’s Run section of town.  All of these projects were funded in part by grants from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program.  Even though this grant program excludes tennis courts, the Township was able to refurbish them by using our municipal funds, which were set aside to refurbish the second playground at Bryan Freeman Park.  The second playground was covered by grant savings due to the installation of the township’s canoe launch coming in well under budget.

Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “the grand reopening of our tennis courts located at Bryan Freeman Park rounds out the recreational projects we initiated during the 2016 capital budget; my colleagues and I are proud to have these playgrounds as well as the tennis courts now open for our residents to enjoy.” “Since taking office as a Member of the Township Committee back in 2012, I have been committed to improving Lumberton’s recreational activities and I am proud to say that during that time we have spent well over a million dollars to accomplish that goal, with over $875,000 of those funds coming from grants provided by the Burlington County’s Municipal Park Development Program,” added Mayor Earlen.  “It is no wonder why Lumberton Township has been ranked 17th in the top 25 Townships in South Jersey by South Jersey Magazine; it is because we take pride in our town.”

To date, Lumberton Township with the support of the Burlington County Freeholders have constructed a brand new playground, Community Garden and Dog Park at the Village Green, created a Canoe Launch on the Rancocas Creek, added sports fields at our Municipal Building Complex and refurbished the Turnbridge Park and Bryan Freeman Park’s Playgrounds and tennis court.

Bryan Freeman Park will be open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week to be enjoyed by Township Residents. 

Lumberton Township Introduces 2017 Budget with a 3% Tax Cut

 

Lumberton Township Introduces 2017 Budget with a 3% Tax Cut

Once Adopted this Budget will Equate to Roughly a $30 Saving

to the Average Assessed Home of $292,917.00

            March 15, 2017 – Lumberton Township – Tuesday evening, the Lumberton Township Committee introduced its 2017 Municipal Budget, which lowers the Local Tax Levy by 3% or roughly 1 penny for every $100 of assessed value.  This represents a local tax rate decrease from last year’s 0.421 to this year’s 0.411. The amount to be raised in taxes through this budget equates to an overall reduction of $169,950, taking the total tax levy from $5,860,229.02 in 2016 to $5,690,279.02 for 2017.  In all, the entire budget appropriations for the 2017 Budget is $8,787,936, which is $128,561 less than the $8,917,497 appropriated in the last year’s 2016 Adopted Budget.

            “We are extremely proud to introduce this year’s budget, which reduces the burden on our local taxpayers while maintaining all of our core Township Services, including staffing our Police Department at its increased level of 20 Sworn Officers,” stated Mayor Sean Earlen.  “I would like to thank Committeeman Mansdoerfer, our Liaison to the Finance Department, our Township Administrator Brandon Umba and the rest of the Township Staff, who worked tirelessly to implement this responsible municipal budget”, added Mayor Earlen.

            One main element impacting the 2017 Budget and future budgets is the total annual debt payment, which decreased from $1,197,575 to $702,117, allowing the Township to close on a capital bond for the cost of its new Public Safety Building, without impacting local taxes.   Using this sizeable gap in debt payments, the Township was able to structure its new capital bond so that annual payments remained within that gap, eliminating any tax impact to the Township’s taxpayers.  Additionally, due to the Township’s recent credit rating increase from Standard and Poors, Lumberton taxpayers realized an additional savings of $479,569 in interest payments over the life of the 25 year bond that was acquired to cover the cost of the new Public Safety Building.  This savings would not have been achieved without the credit rating increase from AA- to AA. 

“Since the economic downturn, our Township has made strides to stabilize our Municipal Budget to ensure minimal impact on our residents, while maintaining all core municipal services at levels expected by our taxpayers, all while our ratable base decreased,” stated Committeeman Mike Mansdoerfer, liaison to the Township’s Finance Department.  “In the past 10 years, Lumberton’s ratable base has dropped by over $56 million, the lion share or roughly $47 million of that loss has come in the last 5 years, causing significant impact to our municipal budgets during that time. However, even with that ratable loss, the Township has been able to consistently decrease our total annual budget to the tune of $1,197,204 in the last 10 years and this year’s budget culminates all of our past efforts by providing tax relief to our residents,” explained Committeeman Mansdoerfer.

“The fact that we have been able to provide our residents with a tax cut and fund the construction of a new Public Safety Building is a true testament to hard work of our Township Committee and staff.  Though it is always hard to predict future budgets, we are hopeful with our ratables stabilizing or even increasing as we suspect, that our future budgets will remain flat over the next several years,” concluded Mayor Earlen.

 Lumberton Township has set its Budget Adoption hearing for 7:30pm on Tuesday evening April 25, 2017 at the Lumberton Municipal Building, 35 Municipal Drive, Lumberton, NJ 08048.  Residents are encouraged to attend. 

Burlington County Times Article on the 2017 Budget Introduction

Lumberton Township Nixle

Access to General Code

Township Legislation, Public Records and Forms can now be searched on the General Code website under Lumberton Township - Misc. Documents.

Now it is as simple as typing in a subject in a search box to locate the information you seek. Click on the Township Codes, Forms  & Records tab located on the left side of this page to be directed to the Lumberton Township pages of eCode by General Code. The following records are available along with all Township Codes:

Agendas ~ Minutes ~ Ordinances ~ Resolutions ~ Budgets ~ Audits ~ Master Plan ~ and most municipal forms

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2017 TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE

          in the Municipal Court Room,             35 Municipal Drive @ 7:30PM

January 24 February 14 & 28
March 14 & 28 April 11& 25
May 9 & 23 June 27
July 25 August 22
September 12 & 26 October 10 & 24
November 14 December 5 & 19