MADISON, NJ – Numbers, goals and accomplishments from various departments took center stage at Monday's Madison Council meeting.
This was the second meeting on the budget process, following an initial review on Feb. 1. Another review is scheduled for Feb. 22, with the official 2016 municipal budget introduced on March 14. A hearing and adoption are scheduled for April 11.
According to information shared at the meeting, property taxes as a percentage of total revenues are dropping. Property taxes for 2015 were $13,842,164 and for 2016 they were $14,049,796, a difference of $207,632, or 1.50 percent.
Revenue and appropriations show an increase of 4.28 percent from 2015, from $29,063,202 to $30,308,190. Cost drivers include capital funding and sewage treatment increases by over 14 percent. The remainder of the budget increases by 2.6 percent. Pension costs have increased by $94,000 for 2016, but the borough has kept salaries and benefits constant for the past six years.
Presentations were made by Louie DeRosa, Fire Chief; Darren Dachisen, Chief of Police; Robert Vogel, Borough Engineer; David Maines of Public Works; Lisa Guilla, Health Officer and Nancy Adamcyzk, Director of the Madison Public Library. The library director said 2016 is “a year of transition,” with self checkout being introduced in the lobby, new carpeting and paving of the parking lot.
Mayor Robert Conley commended Public Works for the efficient cleanup following the heavy snowstorm on Jan. 23.
Councilwoman Astri Baillie introduced a resolution accepting a donation for a new scoreboard from members of Madison Girls Softball League for the Madison Recreation Center.
Four ordinances for hearing related to road projects were on the agenda: $965,000 from the capital improvement fund for traffic calming and pedestrian sidewalk improvements; $805,250 for milling and overlay; $30,000 for Memorial Park, appropriated by the Open Space Fund and $270,000 from the capital fund for water main replacement on local roads. Councilman Robert Catalanello said he would vote yes for the ordinances, but has concerns about the capital and operating budgets.
Vogel commended the Police Department for their help and cooperation with major road projects, such as Ridgedale Avenue.
Police Officer Adam Riley took the oath of Office and Bryam Castano was confirmed as a member of the Madison Hose Company #1.