BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater Township Councilman Matthew Moench made a statement regarding the township's public budget hearing Nov. 20, expressing concern that the meeting was held on a weekday afternoon instead of in the evening.
Below is his statement in full:
"This afternoon, in compliance with the New Jersey Local Budget Law, the administration summoned the township’s department heads to a public hearing to present an overview of budget priorities and challenges for the coming fiscal year. These hearings were held at 2:45 p.m., a perplexing time to hold a hearing meant to inform the public of information that could impact their eventual tax burden. Predictably, Bridgewater residents put their own budgets first and stayed at work, and these hearings went on without a single member of the public present. Thankfully, councilman Howard Norgalis was able to attend on behalf of the taxpayers to gather information for the council to use during our own deliberations on the budget that will occur at public meetings in the evenings this spring.
It is my hope that the administration will propose a budget for 2018 that recognizes that the number one priority of our elected officials should be to make sure Bridgewater is affordable and to keep our taxes low. Last year, the township council eliminated a proposed tax increase, leaving more money in the pockets of taxpayers. It is important to build on this momentum and continue to do our part to protect our residents from the burdens of ever rising taxes."