CHATHAM, NJ - An ordinance to appropriate $175,000 in special emergency funds that will go toward real property revaluation that must be completed by Sept. 30, 2020, was unanimously introduced by the Borough of Chatham Council at its regular meeting on Monday night.

The Morris County Board of Taxation has mandated the revaluation for Chatham Borough to update its tax map. The last time borough real property was revaluated was in 2005. The revaluation will go into effect for the 2021 tax year.

The ordinance will be up for adoption on Dec. 19 when the council holds a special meeting that was not originally on the meeting schedule.

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Council member Jocelyn Mathiasen explains that it won't necessarily mean that taxes automatically go up for residents in the video below.

In other business, council member Mathiasen said that the borough's recently adopted single-use plastic bag ban may have prompted the state to take action. Mathiasen said that legislators in Trenton are considering a state-wide ban that would include plastic, paper and allow plastic straws by request only. She explains the proposed legislation in the video below.

The council also passes a resolution that sets annual salary rates for borough employees for 2020. The highest-paid Chatham Borough employees include Police Chief Brian Gibbons ($162,391), Administrator Steve Williams ($142,800), Engineer Vince DeNave ($124,488) and the Director of Public Works Tony Torello ($118,974).