GLEN ROCK - The Borough Council passed the 2017 Municipal Budget which increased 3.15 percent over last year.

The $19,048,808 spending, passed on May 10, represents a 3.15% increase or $581,188 more than 2016. 

An average household, assessed at $558,279, can expect to pay approximately $3,272 on the municipal portion of its tax bill, an increase of $58 from 2016.

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According to Councilman Arthur Pazan, on March 29, the council introduced the budget, which includes the following services: police, fire, ambulance, sanitation, recycling, leaf removal, road maintenance, snow removal, bulk pick up, tree plantings, building and code inspectors, utilities, dumping fees, library, communications, senior services and maintenance of the borough's pool, fields and recreation facilities.

"Everyone, including me, hates to pay more taxes," Pazan said on May 10.

Borough officials said the increase in this year's budget is due to legal expenses, police department hiring and training, debt service and engineering expenses.

Budgeted capital expenditures in 2017 total $2,624,950, with $650,000 dedicated to street resurfacing and crack sealing. Additional capital expenditures include drainage improvements, continual upgrading of several sanitation pump stations, public works vehicles and equipment, police, fire and OEM equipment and vehicles and public space improvement including the alcove on Rock Road.

As of December 31, 2016, the borough had a surplus of $2,609,007. Surplus was $261,235 at the end of 2012.