MONTVILLE, NJ – The new tax levy and an update in the Altice service gaps situation were discussed at the April 13 Montville Township Committee meeting.

Tax Increase

The increase in resident taxes was announced by Assistant Township Administrator June Hercek, who said, “Our goal this year was to develop a budget with an increase that did not exceed last year’s increase of 1.44%. Knowing the coronavirus pandemic put an enormous stress on our taxpayers, we looked at every possible way to reduce expenses while still maintaining the level of service our residents have come to enjoy.

“The budget we are presenting includes an increase in the municipal budget (including the municipal library) of 1.07% which represents a $36.20 increase on the average assessed home of $529,617.36, or $3.02 per month. The $36.20 is made up of:

  • $29.59 municipal portion
  • $6.61 library portion
  • No change – municipal open space

“This is the lowest levy increase since 2015 – 6 years ago!

“We are happy to be able to present a budget like this considering the past year and all the things we’ve confronted.

“We are $517,000 below the levy cap [state-mandated tax increase limit] and $648,000 below the appropriation cap set in our CAP bank ordinance.

“While there are things we certainly could have included in the budget to take advantage of these allowable increases, we are very mindful of the impact the past year has had on our taxpayers and we are happy to be able to provide a budget that not only allows us to continue to provide the services that our residents have come to enjoy, but is also respectful of our residents and the economic climate,” Hercek concluded.

Altice/Cablevision BPU Hearing Update

Township Committee Member Matt Kayne said, "For months we sought meetings with decision makers at Altice to further stress and advise them of the concerns of our residents.  As a result of the recent activity before the BPU, we have now been contacted by the decision makers at Altice specifically wishing to meet with the township to discuss these concerns.  We are in the process of setting up said meeting as we continue to champion for the concerns of the residents of Montville Township and their dissatisfaction as to Altice’s services.

“In addition, we are exploring avenues as a result of the COVID-19 relief bill and dollars to be dedicated to upgrading broadband services for our communities.

“Finally, we are awaiting a determination and direction from the BPU as a result of the township’s complaint and subsequent hearing as we continue to proceed on all three fronts:  funding, direct communication with Altice and the Board of Public Utilities.  We will keep our residents posted as we continue to strive to obtain the services that our residents deserve," Kayne concluded.

Former Township Clerk Passes Away

Former Township Clerk Gladys Jarombek passed away, Mayor Frank Cooney announced.

Jarombek served as the Montville Township Clerk for 42 years. “She began her career with Montville Township in 1956 and retired in 1998.  Gladys was very knowledgeable and professional,” he said. 

Other News

Residents called into the meeting from the Dogwood Circle neighborhood to complain about a group home there, where 21 police and EMS calls have been answered since November, according to Police Chief Andrew Caggiano. The calls have mostly been medical, Caggiano said, but neighbors said they did not like the “constant” flow of emergency vehicles. The residents were asked to email Hercek for more information about the director of the group home.

Next regular meeting: April 27, 2021, at 7 p.m. The budget hearing will be May 11, 2021.

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