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New Jersey awards $161.2 million in grants for ‘quality-of-life improvements'

Added 10-27-21 02:23:03pm EST - “New Jersey officials are doling out more than $161.2 million in taxpayer money in grants to 541 municipalities across the Garden State to help with safety and "quality-of-life improvements."” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “New Jersey awards $161.2 million in grants for ‘quality-of-life improvements’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

New Jersey officials are doling out more than $161.2 million in taxpayer money in grants to 541 municipalities across the Garden State to help with safety and “quality-of-life improvements.”

A total of 547 municipalities submitted 625 applications by July 1 for $363 million in fiscal 2022 competitive Municipal Aid grants before officials whittled it down to $161.2 million. According to a news release, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) staff and an independent panel of New Jersey municipal engineers reviewed the submissions.

In a Tuesday announcement, NJDOT Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said the grants will help municipalities “make important safety, infrastructure, and quality-of-life improvements without burdening local property taxpayers.”

The state awarded grants in seven categories, ranging from roadway preservation to pedestrian safety.

Officials credit the 2016 Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) renewal for making it possible to award $161.25 million in grants annually. Officials said that is more than double the nearly $78.8 million available before the TTF renewal.

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