FAIR LAWN, NJ - Taxpayers can expect a 0% tax increase, according to Mayor Kurt Peluso, who spoke to the issue at the end of the council's budget meeting last night.

The council hashed out line items with Chief Finance Officer Karen Palermo, along with Jim Van Kruiningen, the borough manager.

Abigail Katznelson, president of the Economic Development Corporation, requested a total of $82,500, which breaks down as follows: $7,500 (matched by the EDC) for online marketplace program; $50,000 (matched by the EDC and RRIC/BID) for storefront rehabilitation and $25,000 for the administration of the Main Street program, all designed to stimulate business in Fair Lawn. The council seemed receptive to the request.

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Among other items, the council agreed, in principle, to keep the twice a week garbage collection in May and September, which adds approximately $4,000 to the budget. They also talked about increasing wages for crossing guards and adding two additional posts along Morlot Avenue.

The next budget meeting is scheduled for Feb. 9. No budget items are final until the budget is approved by the full council, usually near the end of March.