Township of Monroe


Annual Juried Art Show 2017

Juried Art Show

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Other Dates: Monday, October 23rd - Monday, October 30th

Location: Monroe Twp. Public Library

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The Monroe Township Tax Collector's Office confirmed that residents' third quarter tax bills will be mailed out by Friday, July 28, 2017.  A grace period for payment has been extended to Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.  The delayed issuance is the result of recent legislation regarding school funding, which postponed the County Tax Board's certification of tax rates for the school districts and Counties.

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Please take a brief survey (less than 5 minutes!) about how and where you get information about things that are important to you:     Thank you!


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Creative Summer Camps - Cultural Arts




more fun provided by our Cultural Arts Commission

Draw Paint Create!!

Children will create their own masterpieces and learn some basic drawing & painting techniques.

Who: Students  - Ages 9-11
Monroe Twp. Residents Only
Where: Monroe Township Community Center
When: August 21st - 24th, 2017  9:30 - 3:30pm -
Thursday Night Art Exhibit at 7pm
Fee:    $100 - Make check payable to: Monroe Twp. Patrons of the Arts

For additional information and registration forms Click here


Children's Theatre Camp

Directed by Bobbi Blumenthal, this camp is sponsored by the Mighty Oak Players. This camp gives children the opportunity through direct participation to learn aspects in the craft of theatre.

Who:  Boys and Girls Ages 7-11 yrs. old  Monroe Twp. Residents
Where:   Monroe Twp. Community Center
When:    August 14th—August 17th, 2017
Time:     9:30AM—3:30PM
Fee:       $125-Make check payable to: Mighty Oak Players
Date of Performance: August 17th at 7:00PM

For additional information and registration form please Click Here


Creative Writing Camp

Creative Writing Camp is a camp for students who love to write. The camp will cover poetry, fiction and non-fiction styles of writing with a focus on writing for multimedia. Students will spend time learning to write using a variety of writing techniques and prompts.

Who:  Children Ages 11-15  Monroe Twp. Residents Only
Where:  Monroe Township Community Center
When:   August 14th - 17th
Time:    9:00am -2:30pm
Fee:      $120 - Make check payable to: Monroe Twp Patrons Of The Arts

For additional information and registration forms Click here


Film Camp

This course is designed as a building block to develop a student's career in film making. Whether a student is new to film making or comes with previous experience, this class will help them develop their skills. Each session includes hands-on projects that will address pre-production, directing with the camera, screenwriting essentials, camera operations, lighting with available light and introduction to editing.
Who: Students Ages 11-15 Monroe Twp. Residents Only
Where: Monroe Township Community Center
When: August 28th - 31st
Time:  9:00am - 1:00pm
Fee:   $120 - Make check payable to: Monroe Twp. Patrons Of The Arts
For additional information and registration forms Click here

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3rd Quarter Tax Bills NOTICE


TAX BILLS: As a result of recent state legislation concerning school funding, many NJ municipalities’ school and county tax rates will be certified at a later date than usual.

Monroe Township 3rd Quarter tax bills will be issued as soon as the County Tax Board has finalized the certified tax rates for the school district and the county. The grace period will be adjusted accordingly.

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Monroe Among the 30 Safest Cities

#7. Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey

Along the outer reaches of suburban New York, this New Jersey township has become one of the fastest-growing cities in the Northeast. Residents are attracted by the fantastic educational opportunities in Monroe Township, which was voted best high school in America, Silver in 2014 by US News.4

For detailed information read this Safewise article.

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July 4th Celebration

Monroe's 4th of July Celebration

Tuesday, July 04, 2017
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: Thompson Park

Come join the fun with free rides, including a train ride, a huge variety of food vendors with entertainment and music presented by DJ "Partners In Sound". Fireworks at Dusk!

Admission Costs : FREE

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Safe Exchange Zone

In an effort to ensure a safer location to exchange merchandise that has been purchased online, the Township of Monroe has established a Safezone Exchange location at the Monroe Township Police Department Headquarters. 


If you are facing the front of headquarters, the first two spots to the left of the flag pole are reserved for the safezone exchange.  Signs have been erected indicating the safezone parking spots. This area is well lit and monitored by cameras 24 hours a day.



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During the month of May, Monroe is PAINTING THE TOWN PINK!!!

In partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, the Township is encouraging the public to pink-out their homes, businesses, cars and the like as a reminder to women over 40 to get their annual mammogram. 

A countless number of women owe their lives to mammograms and early detection.  Participating is as easy as getting the word out. Encourage the women in your life to schedule their mammogram, a wellness visit and commit to one positive change – such as walking more to improve your heart health. Pink On Monroe!


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Monroe Residents - Taxes are due May 1st

Taxes are due May 1st. Residents have a 10 day grace period.

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Reminder Re: BULK Pickup - One FREE Pickup a Year

Limited to approximately one pick-up truck load.

  • No hazardous materials-chemicals, paint, pesticides, etc.
  • No tires, utility poles, railroad ties, construction debris.
  • No stumps, sod, dirt, concrete, asphalt, dirt, or stones.
  • No food. Pallets are limited to three.
  • Please wrap mattresses/box springs in plastic moving bags.
  • Please separate your piles, junk in one and metal and electronics in another.
  • Lumber must have nails removed or bent over.
  • Refrigerators and freezers must have the doors removed (State law 2C:43-1)
  • Everything must be neatly placed at the curb the night before your scheduled pick-up.


Anything that the town provides a means for recycling will not be picked up for bulky waste i.e. cardboard, newspaper etc.

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Monroe Township’s 2nd Annual Cultural Festival

PRESS RELEASE           

“Celebrating the Diversity in Our Community”

Monroe Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey - On April 30, 2017 Monroe Township will celebrate its 2nd Annual Multicultural Festival from 12 PM - 5 PM at Monroe Township High School. The Festival is free and open to the public.

The Multicultural Festival aspires to showcase the diverse cultures represented in Monroe Township, while giving everyone the opportunity to learn more about the different food, music, dance, and art that gives Monroe Township its uniqueness.

The Festival is organized by the Monroe Township Human Relations Commission in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office.

The purpose of the Human Relations Commission is to foster, through community efforts, goodwill, cooperation, respect, and conciliation among the diverse groups of residents within Monroe Township.


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2017 Municipal Budget Includes a Flat Tax Rate for Monroe Residents

Among the upcoming capital improvement projects outlined in its 2017 budget, Monroe Township intends to prioritize pedestrian and road improvements along Monmouth Road.                                    





April 5, 2017


Monroe Council Introduces Budget with Zero Increase Tax Rate

MONROE – Residents will see no increase in the municipal portion of their 2017 tax bill, after the Township Council introduced a $56.15 million budget with a flat tax rate Monday evening.  

If adopted, the proposed budget would maintain the previous year’s tax rate of 45.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.  For a homeowner with a residence assessed at the Township average of $312,219, that translates to an annual municipal tax bill of $1,428.

In addition to ensuring a stable tax rate, Monroe has facilitated no increases for residential water and sewer services for the 26th consecutive year.

After factoring in the fire districts, the library, the school district and Middlesex County, the municipal tax rate in Monroe accounts for 20 percent of a Township resident’s total property taxes.

“Our positive record of achievement is primarily due to a concerted and ongoing effort by residents, employees, volunteers and members of our boards and commissions, who work together for the betterment of the community,” said Monroe Mayor Gerald. W. Tamburro.   “Monroe continues to offer unrivaled services, superior schools and one of the safest communities in the state, all while securing one of the lowest tax rates in the County.”

One of the largest capital expenses in Township’s proposed 2017 budget includes a $2.5 million purchase of land in the southern portion of Monroe, which will be turned over to the school district in exchange for $1 in the coming months.  The parcel is being considered as a future home of an additional freestanding Township middle school.

Other major capital improvements in the proposed budget include pedestrian and road enhancements along Monmouth Road, park and ride improvements, design of a public safety complex, equipment for police, EMS and Public Works, as well as series of new paving projects.

“We here in Monroe understand the importance of capital improvements,” Mayor Tamburro said.  “In recent years, we budgeted for traffic signals at Perrineville and Federal  roads and at Matchaponix and Spotwood Gravel Hill roads, renovations to the Prospect Plains Road soccer complex and lighting upgrades at our library’s parking lot.  These are important facets when considering our residents’ safety and quality of life.”

Despite its careful planning, Monroe has been facing declining municipal and school state aid for eight years now, not to mention a statewide homestead rebate program that passed along dramatic cuts and shrinking reimbursement checks to a broad base of residents.  The state’s annual reduction over the past seven years has cut the average homestead rebate from approximately $1,200 to $500 per qualified household.

 “The homestead benefit program, enacted almost four decades ago by New Jersey legislators, was intended to provide some measure of tax relief to the State’s homeowners,” said Monroe Business Administrator Alan Weinberg.  “While many people once leveraged this program to offset their yearly property taxes, it’s become a highly insecure safety net for our residents. As always, we are seeking County and State grants to help alleviate some of the burdens being placed on our taxpayers. ”  

Monroe Township Council members are expected to adopt the final budget at their May 1 meeting.

For further details, contact Monroe Township’s Public Information Officer Maria Prato at 732-521-4400 or


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Mayor Tamburro's 2017 Budget Message


In fulfillment of the requirements of the Faulkner Act, I am submitting the 2017 Municipal Budget recommendations.   I would like to thank the Business Administrator, his staff and all Department Heads for their efforts in formulating the annual budget.


For the eighth consecutive year, Municipal and School State Aid is continuing at a reduced level from the State of New Jersey.   New Jersey Homestead Rebates are also continuing at a significantly reduced level.


Our tax collection rate was a superior 98.89% in 2016.   We are achieving our goal of reducing our reliance on Utility Surplus Revenue by anticipating $1,000,000 less than used in 2016.   For the eighth consecutive year, we were at or below the 2% tax levy cap.


The proposed Municipal Budget totals $56,150,367.66.  As a result, the municipal tax rate is $.457 per $100 assessed value. There will be no increase in the municipal tax rate in 2017 due to good budget planning.  For a home with the average assessed value of $312,219., the annual municipal purposes taxes will total $1,428.03 (not including School, County, Fire Districts or Library taxes).


For the 26th consecutive year, there will be no increase in non-irrigation residential water & sewer rates, which remain among the lowest in Central New Jersey.


The 2017 Municipal Tax, which is the only portion of property taxes that are under the direct control of the Mayor & Council, is estimated at 20% of your total property taxes.   The Board of Education makes up the largest portion of property taxes at 56%; the County at 18%; and the Fire Districts at 6%.


The largest 2017 capital improvement funding request is a request for $2.5 million for the Township to purchase privately-owned land for the proposed construction of a new public school building. The Board of Education has identified a property that meets their needs. The Board of Education is fearful of this property slipping out of their hands (if they have to wait and go to a referendum); so the Township is proposing we fund and purchase the land and sell it to the Board of Education for $1 this summer.


Other noteworthy capital improvement projects include a Monmouth Road pedestrian improvement project, continuing design work for a new Police/EMS building and our annual paving program.


Projects funded last year that will be underway in 2017 include: traffic signals at Perrineville and Federal and Matchaponix and Spotswood Gravel Hill Road, soccer complex improvements at Prospect Plains Road and the Library parking lot lighting improvements.


Monroe Township remains one of the premier residential communities in Central New Jersey with a beautiful and green landscape.   We are very proud of our quality municipal services and schools.  We are consistently recognized as one of the safest towns in New Jersey.   Furthermore, Monroe Township remains only one of two communities in Middlesex County with a population density of less than 1,000 people per square mile.   With continuing open space acquisitions to expand our existing 6,600 acres of open space and over 1,300 acres of farmland preservation, Monroe Township continues to work toward its goal of 50% undeveloped land in our community.


Our positive record of achievement is primarily due to a continued effort of everyone working together in a united way for the betterment of our Township – residents, employees and volunteers who serve on our boards & agencies and provide dedicated service to all of our residents.


Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro    

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