MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The Maplewood Township Committee pushed back introduction of the 2015 municipal budget to its April 5 meeting to continue its efforts to cut expenses.

“We’re not happy with where we are at the moment,” Mayor Victor DeLuca said at Tuesday night’s Township Committee meeting. Preliminary budget figures call for a nearly 6 percent tax increase, and the township would need to cut nearly $700,000 from the budget in order to bring that figure closer to the target of 2 percent.

The delay means Maplewood will not meet the state deadline for municipalities to introduce their budgets. Township Administrator Joseph Manning said that is not his primary concern. “We have our business to take care of,” Manning said. He noted that usually Maplewood meets the deadline. “This time we have to (delay introduction),” he said.

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Budgets and taxes were the primary focus for the committee Tuesday night.

The Township Committee accepted, without comment, budgets for the Maplewood Village Alliance and the Irvington Avenue Partnership. Each oversees the designated special improvement district for that area. Property owners in the area are assessed a fee that goes to support beautification and promotion of the area. The Maplewood Village Alliance budget totals $81,577, and the Irvington Avenue Partnership totals $215,598.

Hearings on those budgets are scheduled for May 5.