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Bridgewater Township Puts Off Approval of Budget While Final Questions are Answered

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township will have to wait a little while longer for formal approval of the 2018 municipal budget.
 
The council did not adopt the budget at the public hearing scheduled at the governing body’s April 2 meeting.
 
Council vice president Matthew Moench said he had met with councilman Filipe Pedroso, and had subsequently forwarded a list of questions regarding line items in the budget to township administrators, including queries about funding for road projects.
 
 
“There are some extensive questions,” said Moench at the meeting.
 
The council chose not to adopt the budget that evening, and Moench said he expects to have some discussion with administrators regarding the budget line items in question.
 
The Municipal Operating Expense for this year’s budget is listed as $42,088,000. The Sewer Utility Expense budget is set at $12,452,793.
 
Bridgewater Township Chief Financial Officer Natasha Turchan told the council that, by statute, it needs to adopt a budget by April 20, or at the very next meeting thereafter. Council president Christine Henderson Rose said it will be taken care of.

 
The council is next slated to meet on April 12, April 16 and May 3.
 
The council introduced the 2018 budget, with a 0 percent tax increase, at its Feb. 22 meeting.
 
It also unanimously passed an ordinance that evening to establish a cap bank for the 2018 calendar year. The cap bank protects the township from "unforeseen circumstances” and prevents it from having to utilize alternate means such as a referendum.
 
Bridgewater Mayor Daniel Hayes made a municipal budget and debt service presentation to the council at its Feb. 5 meeting.

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