MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, in a mask, provided residents with a daily update on Wednesday May 27. The mayor stood in front of Clean Juice, which is opening soon, he said.

 Mayor Dougherty congratulated them for opening up during a pandemic but he doesn't know when the store is opening.

Dougherty also commented about last night's council meeting where town administrator Jillian Barrick gave a presentation on the budget.

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"I want to thank the council and administration last night for an excellent and informative council meeting on the budget", Dougherty said. "Great questions and great presentation by our business administrator, Jillian Barrick."

It was announced there will be no increase in the municipal tax rate. With many members of the Morristown community currently experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, increased tax rates would be a major burden.

Over $2 million in revenue is expected to be lost this fiscal year, stated officials. Revenue sources that will most likely be impacted include the municipal court, uniformed construction code, municipal hotel and motel occupancy, swimming pool fees, and property and maintenance fees. Without knowledge of when everything will reopen, it’s difficult to determine how accurate the predicted revenue loss is, they said.

Following the budget presentation, the floor was opened to the public. 

With more residents working from home and parking becoming tight, a concern was raised that some parking spaces would be closed to make room for trash pickup. Council Member Robert Iannaccone said that this would not happen. Residents with further questions about parking were advised to call 973-539-4810.

Another issue brought up was the speeding violations on such streets as Franklin Street.Iannaccone reassured community members that notices of violation have been issued on Shady Lane and that the court is addressing speeding violations through virtual sessions.

Additionally, it was clarified that 42 Spring Street is exempt from the executive order, which restricts non-essential construction.

Town Hall Meetings occur on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. Agendas and minutes can be viewed on townofmorristown.org.

 

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