ROSELLE, NJ - After a special budget meeting to approve the Borough of Roselle’s 2019 Municipal Budget on July 18, failed, the Borough is now working off of an emergency budget.  

Borough CFO Anders Hasseler gave an in-depth report at that meeting that had many residents speaking up stating that it was very detailed and very impressive. 

Hasseler explained to the residents and council members at the hearing the details that went into making this years budget and noted that the tax increase would be $26/year increase on a $140,000 assessment for the entire year. 

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When the time came for the council vote, there was a split on the dais with Councilman Atkins abstaining, and Councilwomen Shaw and Johnson voting no and Council Members Wilkerson, Fortuna and Bernier all voting yes. In this event to pass the budget, it requires a supermajority which requires 4 of the 6 council members to vote yes to approve it, so the budget did not pass. 

Residents in the audience who had favorable comments on the presentation later came up after the vote showing their dismay and lashing out at the left side of the room for their negative vote.

Video, of the meeting in its entirety, can be viewed below.

*Video Courtesy of the Borough of Roselle

So where are we now? What does that leave for our government at this point? 

According to Mayor Dansereau and CFO Hasseler, an emergency budget was put in place that will run into September. This pays all regular bills coming in and salaries. 

As of late Wednesday afternoon, we reached out to the Mayor and CFO to see if any progress has been made by council members. We were told that it could be possible for the budget to come up for a vote again at the August 21, Council meeting, but at this time they did not have any indications of any council members showing any interest in changing their votes. 

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