Page 6 THE VILLADOM TIMES II • March 18, 2009 Glen Rock Municipal budget to raise average tax by $68 by John Koster The Glen Rock municipal purpose budget includes a $68 tax increase for a house assessed at the borough’s average of $550,000. That increase is approximately $5.66 a month for municipal purposes only. This budget, which does not include tax money for the borough’s schools or for Bergen County, totals $16,101,393. Of that amount, $11,578,921 is to be raised by local taxation. “The process that we followed to arrive at this budget has been the most rigorous that I have seen in the 16 years that I have been doing this stuff,” Mayor John van Keuren said at last week’s budget introduction. “I don’t have to tell anyone about the difficulty that the borough’s economy, the state’s economy, and nation’s economy are in now.” Continuing his comments on the budget process, van Keuren added, “Everyone participated in bringing this together and I’m very pleased with the way things worked out.” Council Finance Committee Chairman Art Pazan said, “We tried to keep it was low as we (could). We investigated every prospect for savings. We are all residents; we are all in this together.” Councilman Member Byron Arnao voted against the introduction. Arnao praised the hard work of his fellow council members and Borough Administrator Lenora Benjamin, and said that they found a number of places where money could be trimmed. However, Arnao said he believed the budget could have been even tighter than it is. “Lenora spent a bazillion hours going over every line,” Arnao said. “It’s a lot of hard work. I think everybody has worked hard on it, but I believe sacrifices can be made to make it a little lower.” The other council members, who also praised Benjamin, the staff, and Councilman Pazan, voted to introduce the budget. The spending plan will be considered for adoption on March 25. The budget includes $950,000 of surplus anticipated, $2,996,472 of miscellaneous revenues anticipated, and $578,000 for receipts from delinquent taxes. The capital improvement item is $200,000 and municipal debt services are $1,215,395. The reserve for uncollected taxes is $1,060.576. Mayor van Keuren and the council members noted that some of the non-union workers voluntarily accepted austerity measures for the good of the borough, and lauded them for their dedication. Councilwoman Mary Jane Surrago said some services had to be preserved, but concurred in the need to trim expenses. “We had it in mind that we wanted to keep the services that people depend on,” she said. The council also introduced an ordinance to allow the borough to establish a cap bank and to exceed the municipal budget appropriation limits, potentially raising the cap ceiling from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent in case of need, but not for this year’s budget. “It isn’t something we intend to do, but it gives us the latitude in case we need to do it,” Mayor van Keuren said. But STILL can’t lose that Tummy or Cellulite? 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