KENILWORTH, NJ – The Kenilworth Borough Council passed a resolution to adopt its 2017 municipal budget of $15,859,426 at Wednesday night’s meeting.
The average Kenilworth homeowner will pay an additional $54.84 in taxes to the borough due to a tax rate increase of slightly more than two percent, according to Councilman Nicholas Mascaro.
“We started with an additional $120 plus average rate increase per each household and came down to $54.84. We really got the budget down to its bare bones while still giving each department the funding it needs,” Mascaro said.
According to Mascaro, the budget went up because the price of necessary services is increasing. He said the cost of health insurance went up by more than $60,000, the recycling cost went up by nearly $15,000 and debt increased by more than $100,000, along with other increases.
“Things are getting more and more expensive,” Mayor DeLuca said. “Unfortunately, the taxpayers are forced to bear the brunt of it. We’re working hard to try to alleviate that the best we can. The borough’s always ready to listen to some creative ideas.”
More information about the budget can be found on the borough council website here.