BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township’s 2019 municipal budget is still on hold, at least according to the town’s governing body.
“We don’t want to wait too much longer,” said Bridgewater Township Council President Matthew Moench at the council’s July 1 meeting.
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The council had originally introduced the 2019 municipal budget at its March 3 meeting. The total budget figure was given as $44,526,977, which township administrator James Naples said at the time included a tax decrease for this year.

The public hearing on the budget had originally been scheduled for April.
Moench added in early July that a special meeting could be convened to help get the budget back on the council’s agenda for its next regular meeting, slated for July 15. Chief financial offer Natasha Turchan said that a public hearing would be required for final action on the budget, which would require publication of the hearing at least three days before said final action was scheduled to take place.

The council unanimously ratified temporary appropriations of $2,071,702 on July 1, as Turchan commented that that money was needed to pay bills.
The council previously took no action on June 17 on a resolution to amend the 2019 budget. The amendment involves budgeting for temporary municipal employees, but there has not been much discussion on the subject.