Photo By Boyd Loving
Ridgewood council candidates discuss village finances
Friday, April 20, 2012
BY JOSEPH CRAMER
The Ridgewood News
The management and stewardship of village finances are tasks expected of council members all year round.
The preliminary budget being vetted by the current council indicates a 7.5 percent tax rate increase, but council members and officials stress that figure will be brought down before the final vote. Officials add that layoffs would likely result if that figure dropped below 4 percent due to extraordinary expenditures and contractual obligations.
In this special feature, each of the council candidates addresses the issue of budgeting and financial management in an economic period of cutbacks and belt-tightening. Responses are in the candidates’ own words, and are listed in alphabetical order.