CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee unanimously voted to amend the 2018 municipal budget, adding $150,000 for overtime and costs related to storm debris cleanup at its regular meeting on Thursday night.

The amended budget will be up for adoption at the April 12 meeting.

The 2018 budget will push the municipal tax rate to .277 per $100 of assessed valuation, up from the .268 rate of 2017, but still lower than .288 rate of 2006. The budget also includes a one cent Open Space tax, which was a half-cent last year.

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Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, noted that the higher municipal tax rate was due to delinquent taxes from a year ago that cut into the township's surplus. Ciccarone said that the proposed budget will restore the surplus to accustomed levels.

Thomas Ciccarone, township administrator, said he is available to answer questions about the 2018 municipal budget

In other business, the committee unanimously adopted an ordinance that establishes the office of Tax Collector. The role of tax collector had been held by Mary Ellen Babyack the past 40 years, but when she announced her retirement the township discovered that there was no mechanism on the books for hiring a tax collector. Ciccarone reported that Antonia Russo will become the new tax collector for the township, effective April 1.