NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — A 2017 budget for municipal purposes totaling $8,733,665 in appropriations was adopted on Tuesday by the North Caldwell Borough Council.

The spending plan will result in a tax increase of $47.67 on the average borough residence.

Prior to the public hearing on the budget, North Caldwell Mayor Joseph Alessi reminded those in attendance at Tuesday's meeting that the tab for municipal expenditures only takes in 17 percent of the tax bill and the borough is not responsible for either county or school board spending.

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Tuesday’s meeting also saw the adoption of three bond ordinances to provide for the following municipal improvements:

  • $151,385 to finance a 4X4 vehicle and bathroom renovations for the police department, protective clothing, a master stream nozzle and pagers for the fire department; a snow plow, utility vehicle and air conditioning unit at the fire department, all allocated to the public works department, and netting at a borough field through the recreation department.
  • $2,413,226 to finance: $585,000 for installation of a radio communications system, $88,226 for acquisition of equipment for borough hall and police headquarters, including a phone/recording system, information technology equipment and an alarm system, and $1,352,000 for improvements to Liberty Field, including site clearing and installation of a turf field.
  • $150,000 for renovation of the borough swimming pool.

The only dissent, on the second bond ordinance and on the budget, came from Councilman Arthur Rees, who voted against both measures.

Rees said after the meeting that he did not have anything in particular against the budget, but his dissent on the two measures came from the fact that he believes expenditures on the turf field should have been subject to a referendum cast by borough residents.