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Tedesco signals that 2016 tax increase is possible in state of Bergen County address

photo courtesy of Maura DeNicola Packed Freeholder Meeting Room for the State of the County

photo courtesy of Maura DeNicola Packed Freeholder Meeting Room for the State of the County. — at One Bergen County Plaza

BY TODD SOUTH
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

HACKENSACK — Bergen County Executive James Tedesco on Tuesday delivered his state of the county address, using the annual recounting of his administration’s accomplishments and plans to signal that the 2016 budget cycle will be tougher than its predecessor and that a tax increase is possible for 2016.

Employee health-care cost increases of $12 million and $3.4 million more for debt service on the largest construction project in county history will drive decisions on how to maintain services that Tedesco praised in his hour-long speech to a crowd of more than 100 mostly county employees and political office holders at the Bergen County Administration Building.

The combined $15.4 million increase for those two items alone is more than two thirds of the $22.6 million spending hike in the 2015 budget, which resulted in a 4.3 percent tax increase for property owners. Last year’s county budget totaled $530 million.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/tedesco-signals-that-2016-tax-increase-is-possible-in-state-of-bergen-county-address-1.1516469

6 thoughts on “Tedesco signals that 2016 tax increase is possible in state of Bergen County address

  1. Time to CUT taxes not raise them Jimbo. #taxedtodeath, #enoughisenough

  2. Gee Tedesco, fire triple dipper Saudino and presto, no tax hike

  3. “Tedesco praised in his hour-long speech to a crowd of more than 100 mostly county employees and political office holders”. Face it: they don’t work for us — they own us.

  4. Clearly we have seen the future VOR tax increases COMING now that
    the residents might have to pay for an ill sighted and misconceived church and budget busting metroplex Garage .
    That even the Landlords won’t commit to pony up on..we are saps..
    Time to clean the hen house..foxes have dined and the enemy is us unless we stand up to stop this oversized overpriced boondoggle..

  5. Shame on us for thinking that having a MAJORITY DEMOCRATIC FREEHOLDER BOARD under a DEMOCRATIC COUNTY EXECUTIVE would bring Checks and Balance!????? We are dumb Bergen County Residents because when we had the chance to bring in REPUBLICAN FREEHOLDERS to do the right thing and oversee budgets and BIG PLANS that Mr. Tedesco has…with no solution to what needs to get cut to accomplish them, WE VOTED TO KEEP the DEMOCRATES there. SHAME ON US. Let’s do it again this year! WE are so smart!

  6. Any vote for a NJ Democrat is a vote for tax increases – just look at who the unions support in any race and you’ll know who is buying votes

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