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Ridgewood Village Council; take a lesson from Little Falls were officials give up salaries

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Ridgewood Village Council; take a lesson from Little Falls were officials give up salaries

MARCH 13, 2014, 2:02 AM    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014, 2:02 AM
BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER
THE RECORD

LITTLE FALLS – In a gesture of solidarity with frustrated taxpayers, Mayor Darlene Post and the Township Council are forgoing their $2,000-a-year salaries in a lean 2014 budget that all but cuts essential government services.

The $15.7 million budget, introduced by the council Monday night, calls for a $97 property tax increase for the owner of home valued at the township average of $302,000. It scales back new initiatives, reins in legal expenses, and for the second year in a row withholds raises for non-contractual employees.

The flood-prone township’s finances are so tight, officials say, that it can’t afford a new truck for the public works superintendent so his old one can be passed on to the emergency management coordinator for use in extreme weather. The coordinator has no vehicle.

“There were cuts made and there were requests that weren’t made so we could keep [taxes] flat,” Post said. She said under the circumstances, the budget is “as good as it gets, as bitter as it is.”

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