PARSIPPANY, NJ - The Parsippany-Troy Hills Council voted 3-2 to pass the budget which although amended still represents a 2.8% tax increase to residents. The Council, after facing intense pressure from the residents have amended the budget from 3.5% to 2.8%.
During the meeting Councilwoman, Janice McCarthy said to residents "There is no such thing as a zero percent tax increase - its impossible".
Concerned residents spoke up during the public sessions. Vinny Schindel wanted to know how seniors were going to be able to stay in Parsippany. There was alot of back and forth between council members and residents.
In the end, the Council voted to adopt the budget with a 3 - 2 vote. The three in favor were Janice McCarthy, Emily Peterson (both Democrats) and Paul Carifi (Republican). Voting against the budget were Loretta Gragnani via phone (Republican) and Michael dePierro (Republican). DePierro voiced concern about the $500,000 in excess payroll that contributed to the tax increase.
Editor's Note: More details on the meeting will be provided tomorrow, July 25, 2018.