WESTFIELD, NJ —  If the town council passes the 2016 budget that it plans to introduce on March 22, the municipal portion of the tax bill for the average assessed home in Westfield will be $48 per year, or $4 per month. This is according to Town Administrator Jim Gildea, who detailed the budget put together by the finance committee to the council during its conference meeting Tuesday.

The proposed rate increase falls below the state-mandated two percent cap, at 1.73 percent, Gildea said. He noted that, for the second year in a row, the budget would not pass through to taxpayers any of the allowable exclusions on that cap.

The proposed budget allows for a new firefighter and a new police officer, replacement of equipment and improvements to public buildings without borrowing.

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“I think it’s something for this committee and this council to be proud of,” finance committee member Sam Della Fera said.

A PowerPoint presentation for the public about the proposed budget is planned for the town council’s next regular meeting on March 22 at 8 p.m. in the municipal building, 425 East Broad St. 

JoAnn Neylan, chair of the finance committee, also invited members of the public to email their questions to Budget@Westfieldnj.gov.