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Bedminster Township Committee

The Bedminster Township Committee is the governing body of the municipality and is comprised of five elected officials. They establish the laws and policies for the Township. An elected Bedminster Township Committee member serves a three year term.

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  • Jeffrey Beyer
    (Dem)

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    R.Colin Hickey
    (Rep)

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What are your short-term and long-term plans to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our municipality?

Looking ahead to a post-pandemic future, what are we learning from the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on municipal operations that will change how municipalities operate in the future?

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Campaign Address P.O. Box 351 Bedminster, NJ 07921
Campaign Email colinhickey2020@gmail.com
Website www.colinhickey.com
In the months immediately following the start of the pandemic, it was evident that economic distress was impacting both our residents and businesses. Job 1 in Bedminster is always keeping taxes low but, in light of these extenuating circumstances, the Township Committee elected to delay its budget adoption. We further reduced allocations, suspended employee raises, and further trimmed an already lean capital budget. This reformulated “COVID Budget” resulted in a net tax increase of only 0.64% versus 2019, which translates into $5.45 for the average taxpayer. Recognizing that our taxpayers may have experienced a job loss or a delay in collecting unemployment benefits, we also extended the 2Q taxpayer grace period by a month, giving residents more time to pay.

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What most municipalities have learned and adopted as a result of the pandemic is the need to virtualize the operation. Township business should not stop during a crisis. As a matter of fact, that’s often when residents need us the most. Leveraging technology to accomplish our work is paramount. Enabling employees to work from home so township business could continue was critical; and going forward, activating a remote workforce will be central to our crisis response. Bedminster led the way in business continuity – for example, our shared court was virtualized, allowing the judge, prosecutor, defendants and legal counsel to meet in a state-approved online court environment. Our investments in infrastructure and technology have already paid dividends, and will continue to be shaped by what the pandemic has taught us.

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