May 27, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 15 Wyckoff Municipal budget adopted with 1.1% increase by John Koster The Wyckoff Township Committee last week adopted the municipal budget of $16,621,242 with a 1.1 percent increase over last year’s local-purpose budget. The increase for a taxpayer whose home is assessed at the township’s aver- age of $796,700 will be about $48 per year. That figure does not include school or county taxes. The budget’s small increase was made possible, officials said, by a wage freeze that led to $292,596 in savings this year, and by a hiring freeze. The capital expenditure was reduced by 21.5 percent, and the township committee began the budget process by waiving their personal stipends, for an immediate savings of $20,000 to local taxpayers. Township committee members had cited state mandates and decreased The June 2 primary in Wyckoff will feature two Republican newcomers seeking uncontested endorsement to the Wyckoff Township Committee. Christopher DePhillips, an attorney, and Kevin Rooney, chairman and former vice chairman of the Wyckoff Board of Adjustment, are seeking the two available seats on the governing body. Primary to feature two Republican newcomers DePhillips is a graduate of Bergen Catholic High School, and later received a BA from Georgetown and a law degree from Seton Hall. He served as treasurer for the Connolly-Scarpelli Campaign for township committee in 2008, and has been active in the Wyckoff Republican League, the Sicomac School PTO, the Wyckoff YMCA, and Wyckoff Torpedoes. He has lived in Wyckoff for seven years and he and his wife have four children. Rooney has served on the board of adjustment for 10 years and is a partner in HMS Global Holdings, a real estate management and development firm. He grew up in Upper Saddle River and attended Northern Highlands Regional revenues for the fact that there was any increase at all, and had praised the administration and local employees for their cooperation in reducing expenses through compliance with the wage freeze and with Wyckoff’s long-standing policy of not filling retirees’ positions unless absolutely necessary. High School and Ramapo College. His wife Hayley is a lifelong Wyckoff resident. They have four children. Knowledgeable in arboriculture after 30 years in the tree business, Rooney is also a member of the Wyckoff Shade Tree Commission. Joseph Fiorenzo and Rick Alnor have decided not to seek re-election this year. Council hears concerns (continued from page 8) lowered and not raised as the borough had planned. Borough resident Michael Ben-David also complained about the negative political flyers that have been “stuffed” into his and other mailboxes recently. He claimed the flyers were sent by Trava, who is seeking reelection. “Does this council consider it a serious problem when people stuff mailboxes with items destructive of other members of this community?” Ben-David asked. Borough Attorney Douglas Doyle pointed out to Ben-David that there are “a whole host of legal issues” involved with his complaints because it is a free speech constitutional issue unless someone is breaking the law. 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