Republican Burlington County Freeholder Joe Donnelly and two-term County Surrogate George Kotch announced Friday that they will not seek reelection during the county’s next freeholder race. Donnelly’s time on the freeholder board saw Burlington County’s property tax levy decrease by almost $25 million over the last seven years, a period in which the average county increased its levy by $23 million. The county also cut $39.2 million in spending against the average county’s $22 million increase.
“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Burlington County,” said Donnelly. “Republican leadership on the Board of Chosen Freeholders has established our county as a model for the rest of the state when it comes to pro-taxpayer budgets and land preservation, while still providing key services that protect seniors, honor veterans, enhance the quality of life for families and advocate on behalf of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.”
Kotch said he believes their tenures will leave a lasting legacy.
“In addition to the services traditionally provided by the Surrogate’s Office, I am extremely proud that during my time in office, we’ve overseen the development, design and implementation of a new website to provide residents with greater access to information and services for our taxpayers,” said Kotch. “We have always viewed ourselves as, first and foremost, a provider of customer service for county residents and taxpayers. I am confident the next Surrogate’s job will made easier due to our efforts over the past ten years.”