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What is a Freeholder?

Posted on July 28, 2015 at 10:01 AM by Charlene Webster

What is a Freeholder?

The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders consists of five members elected to three year terms.

New Jersey is the only state in the U.S. whose counties are governed by freeholder boards.  Other states have similar county governments, but generally call theirs “County Council”, “County Commission”, or something along those lines.  In fact, freeholder boards function in much the same way as a township or city council does, only at the county level.

The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders works closely with the 40 municipalities across the county, as well as county departments and agencies, to reduce spending without reducing services, improve and maintain parks, attract businesses and jobs to the county, and more.

Just last year, the National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders with a 2014 Achievement Award for its Municipal Park Development Grant Program. NACo congratulated Burlington County for developing this innovative program, which has been used to build and improve local parks, trails, ball fields and other recreational facilities.

The Freeholder Board meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the County Administration Building located at 49 Rancocas Road in Mount Holly.


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