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Ridgewood supervisors stress staffing needs at budget hearings
APRIL 3, 2014 LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014, 3:25 PM
BY BY DARIUS AMOS
Ridgewood Council members and department supervisors continue to search for expense reductions as they work toward balancing the 2014 municipal budget. Their overall goal, which was achieved last year, is to introduce a plan that features a zero percent average tax increase.
Last Thursday, council members reviewed spending proposals from several smaller departments, including several overseen by Chris Rutishauser, head of Ridgewood’s Department of Public Works. Village Clerk Heather Mailander discussed the individual budgets of the departments that she directs.
The engineering division will incur one significant staffing expense, according to Rutishauser, who is hoping to promote a senior engineering aide to the position of principal engineering aide. The proposed personnel move has been requested to fill a vacancy created by a retirement in 2010.
Rutishauser, Ridgewood’s engineer, highlighted a spending decrease, noting that he budgeted for reduced spending on public works education and training, which was a $4,700 item.