NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Borough Council members unanimously approved the introduction of an ordinance that will increase the Open Space Tax levy from .0025 cents to .0035 cents per $100 of assessed value.

A public hearing and final vote will be taken at the council’s next meeting.

Councilman Jim Madden said the funds which amount to $12,800 will be placed in the Open Space Trust Fund and used for recreational field maintenance.

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Enacted in 2004, the special assessment was reduced in June 2009 from one penny to one-quarter penny.

Madden also introduced two resolutions concerning bus transportation for the Summer Teen Camp. The first resolution rejected three bids and the second accepted the bid of Passaic Valley Coach Lines for $17,500.

“We were able to get a successful bid at 10% less than the state contract,” Madden said.

Mayor Al Morgan noted that last week was National Police Week and paid recognition to the borough’s police officers for working in a very dangerous job.

“I would trust every single one of them with my life. They do very much that nobody is even aware of,” the mayor said.

Councilman Armand Galluccio said that this year’s “Every 15 Minutes” event sponsored by the Municipal Alliance and Atlantic Health Care will take place at the high school on June 2.

“The event is so named because somewhere in the Untitled States someone dies in an alcohol-related event every 15 minutes,” Galluccio said.

The day’s activities are videotaped, edited overnight and shown to the student body the next day.

Richard and Michelle Brugger of Martial Arts for Life located in the Village Shopping Center received a proclamation from the Borough Council for their positive impact on many borough youths and adults.

“You teach responsibility, respect and discipline,” Morgan said whose daughter received a black belt at the age of 9.

The establishment has been in business for 10 years and Mrs. Brugger is very active in downtown business and economic development