Residents who have received their tax bills over the last few days will notice a slight reduction in their taxes as the tax rate was reduced, while assessments remained flat. The reduction comes at a time when costs are rising, and surrounding towns – for the most part – have introduced increased budgets.
Although not a drastic reduction, Committeeman Albert Akerman says “We’re headed in the right direction”.
But a lot of the credit says Akerman, should be given to the various departments working with the lower budgets.
“Many departments are making do with less manpower and many employees have gotten minimal increases in salary or no increase at all”, says Committeeman Akerman. “While there are empty empty seats in most township departments due to an ongoing hiring freeze, I give full credit to the employees for managing the extra workload while keeping their spirits up.”
The departments which saw cuts, were the the BOE budget, the Fire Department budget and Municipal budget – to which Deputy Mayor Langert is liaison. TLS.