GLEN ROCK, NJ - The borough announced a $19.9 million budget for 2020, reducing expenditures .3% from the 2019 budget.

The budget, discussed on April 22 at its virtual council meeting, is set for introduction on May 13, at which time the precise tax impact will be announced, although finance chairperson Arati Kreibich said it will be similar to last year.

After discussing the need for timely payments in order to continue to operate the borough, Kreibich said she and the finance committee had gone through the budget "with a fine tooth comb," looking to maintain services but aware of the current climate caused by coronavirus and local, state and national job loss.

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Councilwoman Amy Martin said even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, "people were struggling."

"I know we have to pay our bills," she said. "I understand that but it's harder when it's personal, when it's your neighbors," she said referencing locals that have lost their jobs and now have bills to pay, including municipal taxes.

While the budget as a whole was reduced by $61,063 from last year, the municipality has contractual obligations, which increases labor and other areas of the total budget by 2%.