West Caldwell Council Discusses 2 Percent Cap on Property Taxes

WEST CALDWELL, NJ – In recapping his meeting with the League of Municipalities in Atlantic City last week regarding the 2 percent cap, West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta stressed the importance of renewing the 2 percent cap for property taxes during Tuesday’s council meeting.

“We got to meet with the new governor and lieutenant governor and he informed us that he hasn’t decided if he was going to renew the cap situation,” said Tempesta. “Arbitrators have awarded the union more times than not before the cap was put into place increasing the expenses of the town. The 2 percent cap helps us balance the needs of the community and be financially responsible.”

During the meeting, the council approved four appointments in town, including two police officers, a fireman and a code enforcement officer. Councilman Stanley Hladik said that he was happy to see the positions filled.

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In other news, Council President Michael Docteroff explained to the governing body that paving has been delayed in the borough due to the weather. There is some concern that the asphalt companies may close at the beginning of December. Tempesta suggested to start earlier in the day, around 7 a.m., to finish everything.

Councilwoman Kathy Canale announced that the district’s S.T.E.M (science, technology, English and mathematics) program is off to a great start. She also reminded residents that on Dec. 3 at 5 p.m., the town will hold its annual tree lighting and refreshments will be served.

It was also announced that beginning on Jan. 1, Mike Lucher will replace James Alvine as the West Caldwell Fire Chief, according to Councilman Stephen Wolsky.

The next town council meeting will be held on Dec. 5 at 7:15 p.m. 

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