UNION, NJ – A motion to open the public hearing for the Township’s 2016 Municipal budget was held at Tuesday night’s Township Committee Meeting.

Mayor Manuel Figueiredo introduced Assistant Business Administrator Tammie Kopin for an overview of the budget.  As Kopin indicated, a budget workshop presentation was held on April 11, which was open to residents.

“We begin our budget process in September,” said Kopin.   “We establish goals at that time.  Some of those goals include keeping the budget under a 2% increase, continuing to search for alternative revenues, ensuring there are no reductions to services to residents and maintaining the Township’s Aa+ bond rating.

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According to Kopin, the budget was introduced in April with one of the lowest increases the Township has had in 7 years.  The total budget increase year-over-year was $1,635,000 or 1.78%.  Kopin continued that for the average assessed home that equates to a $69 increase for the municipal portion of the tax bill per household.

“This is a very conservative budget increase while keeping all of the services provided here in Union intact.  It’s a very responsible budget,” said Kopin.

The Mayor motioned to adjourn the public hearing on the municipal budget.  The 2016 Municipal budget was then adopted by the Township Committee.