Rome is Burning and we are writing story books about a leantoo shed close to not having any heat nor light , a filthy facility that the NJ Transit should rebuild in brick and
offer some protection from the elements ; that can be cleaned ,then locked at night like a real town.We need to check the water in this town..it’s getting a bit to wobbly intellect
wise. They keep shifting the happy together talk to avoid dealing with the real issues that are hard to address manage and take intelligent approach to.Happy Holidays Ridgewood a town worth fighting for …2019 needs a more realistic plan on cost containment and cancelation of massive Hudson st garage plans in order to cut our longer term losses .
file photo by Boyd Loving
when did you last look at Ridgewood’s ranking in the county, much less the state or nationally? If you graphed it, the downward curve would signal a severe recession if it was a financial curve. The question could be reversed–Why would a good school want to merge with us? I’m sure we would be overwhelmed by the number of applicants to merge, but none would be in the upper rankings for sure. Too many people are carrying in their minds what their realtors told them when they moved in. We might see some changes if these same people would open their eyes and see what is really going on!
Paramus approves budget with $105 average tax cut
JUNE 2, 2014 LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014, 1:21 AM
BY MARY DIDUCH
PARAMUS — The Borough Council unanimously approved a municipal budget that calls for an average tax decrease of $105 this year.
The $57.1 million spending plan also shows the borough will have a $9 million surplus this year, achieved largely through “fiscal discipline” and the borough reducing its debt by more than $10 million over the past four years, said Mayor Richard LaBarbiera. He said recently that the borough has increased its number of shared services agreements to 20 over the past few years, bringing in additional revenue.
“In my opinion, that is a herculean accomplishment in today’s economic times,” LaBarbiera said at Tuesday’s meeting.
The borough also has been working to manage the massive amount of commercial tax appeals that have been filed over the years, mainly from the borough’s many malls and businesses along Route 17, said Frank DiMaria, the borough’s auditor.
At the council meeting, DiMaria credited the borough’s team of professionals — the finance department and committee, tax assessor and attorneys — with working to put a plan in place to manage the commercial appeals. The professionals also have been working to keep assessments as close to 100 percent of properties’ true market value as possible to reduce the appeals’ impacts, he said.
“They’ve done a tremendous job over the years of stabilizing the impact of appeals along Route 17 when we took a tremendous hit,” DiMaria said.
And as for the $2 million that will be returned to taxpayers this year in the form of tax relief, more than half of that has already been recaptured by the borough, DiMaria noted.
This year’s budget calls for more spending on capital improvements and long-needed equipment — such as the purchase of an additional fire engine — and raising employee salaries by 1.5 percent on average across the various bargaining units in the borough, LaBarbiera said. There was a hiring and raise freeze about four years ago, but last year the borough began increasing salaries again, he said.
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