HELMETTA, NJ - Borough Mayor Chris Slavicek provided residents with an update in a letter released on Thursday evening. Slavicek reported the number of positive cases of the coronavirus stands at 33. The mayor noted the number includes residents who were asymptomatic or may have had a mild case of COVID-19. He also reported the passing of four Helmetta residents because of the coronavirus.

In the letter, the mayor announced details from the borough's 2020 Municipal Budget. Mayor Slavicek's May 21 letter reads as follows:

Dear Helmetta Friends & Neighbors:

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As we approach the start of the summer season, I hope this correspondence finds you enjoying some
sunshine! Let us a Isa remember those who courageously gave their lives as we stand united to celebrate and
honor on Memorial Day.

To date, we have thirty-three (33) reported positive COVI D-19 cases within Helmetta. Sadly, four (4) resulting
in expirations. Our sympathy and warm thoughts to the families and friends of these beloved residents.
Please note that while we report the cumulative number of positive cases, this does include those that have
also fully recovered. Additionally, it includes those that are asymptomatic or may have a mild case of the virus.
New Jersey is on The Road Back, a multi-stage approach, to execute the restart of our economy guided by
science, data, fact and public heaIth. With this, Borough Offices stay closed to the general public with
employees partaking in varied on-site work schedules that coincide with the social distancing guidelines set
forth by the Executive Orders. The Public Works Department operates on regular full-time schedule. This
ensures the continuation of day to day operations with uninterrupted services to the residents. The safety of our
dedicated employees and residents alike is paramount. Borough employees are available via phone and
email and online services remain intact for bill pay. Please visit www.helrnettaboro.com
to process payments online. Note: second quarter tax payments have been granted an extension to lune
1, 2020. We will continue stringent efforts to flatten the curve with the ultimate goal of gradually
returning to a 'new' normal.

Our 2020 Municipal Budget has been introduced. I am very satisfied and proud to share the following:
• Local municipal taxes have decreased by$2.94
• Consolidated school district taxes reaped a decrease of $25. 74
• County taxes slightly increased by $2.81
• No rate increases in both the water or sewer funds
Overall, taxes have decreased $25.87 per average residential unit assessed at $206,199.54. These positive
results are certainly accredited to the focus of firm fiscal responsibility, proactive management and overall
best practices. A tax analysis is posted on the Borough website homepage under 2020
Budget Comparison for your reference.


Sentiments of thanks and appreciation to all of our Hometown, Healthcare and Helping Heroes!

Mayor Chris Slavicek