HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - In a special meeting of the Hasbrouck Heights Borough Council on Tuesday evening, a lack of a fourth 'yes' vote prevented the 2020 budget from being publicly discussed during the meeting.
The meeting was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Councilman Justin DiPisa was not in attendance.
However, the introduction of the budget passed by a 3-2 vote, with Democrats Christopher Hillmann and Steven Reyngoudt voting against the introduction.
When Mayor Jack DeLorenzo asked if they were sure they wanted to vote no, Councilman Hillmann responded.
“I am sure we would happily change our vote if we were spoken to,“ Hillmann stated. "If you would like in the next two weeks to include us in the process then we will change our vote. But we are not included in this budget process at all and so as of right now, you do not have our votes.“
Hillmann and Reyngoudt also voted against the Consent Agenda, which consisted of just two items, one of which was budget related. That also passed 3-2.
Resolution 88, the Self-Examination of Budget Resolution states the following
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the governing body of the Borough of
Hasbrouck Heights that in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:30-7.6a & 7.6b and based upon the Chief Financial Officer's certification, the governing body has found the budget hasmet the following requirements:
That with reference to the following items, the amounts have been calculated pursuant to law and appropriated as such in the budget:
a. Payment of interest and debt redemption charges
b. Deferred charges and statutory expenditures
c. Cash deficit of preceding year
d. Reserve for uncollected taxes
e. Other reserves and non-disbursement items
f. Any inclusions of amounts required for school purposes.
2. That the provisions relating to limitation on increases of appropriations pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.2 and appropriations for exceptions to limits on appropriations found at N.J.S.A. 40A:4-45.3 et seq., are fully met (complies with CAP law).
3. That the budget is in such form, arrangement, and content as required by the Local Budget Law and N.J.A.C. 5:30-4 and 5:30-5.
4. That pursuant to the Local Budget Law:
a. All estimates of revenue are reasonable, accurate and correctly stated,
b. Items of appropriation are properly set forth
c. In itemization, form, arrangement and content, the budget will permit the exercise of the comptroller function within the municipality.
5. The budget and associated amendments have been introduced and publicly advertised in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Local Budget Law, except that failure to meet the deadlines of N.J.S.A. 40A:4-5 shall not prevent such certification.
6. That all other applicable statutory requirements have been fulfilled.
Resolution 89, authorized the Borough to send out estimated tax bills for Quarter 3 taxes.
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