WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council passed a resolution to adopt its proposed $42,829,987 municipal budget for 2017 during Tuesday's regular meeting.

The average Westfield homeowner will pay the town $45 more than last year with this year’s tax rate increase of 1.43 percent.

“While we are mindful of any and all increases, I’m happy to say that an annual 1.43 percent increase this year, as you’re well aware, is lower than last year’s increase and it’s lower than the increase in at least a couple of years,” Councilman Sam Della Fera said at the meeting. “So we take advantage of our budget in such a way that our tax rate increases are at the very lowest possible level.”

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He noted that the budget includes money toward several of the items recommended by the Mayor’s Downtown Task Force, including new street parking meter heads and a proposed pilot program for “parklets” (small, movable temporary structures that can offer shaded seating or even bandstands), as well as an improved 9-1-1 emergency call system and equipment purchases for the department of public works.

“By the way,” Della Fera said, “we’re also at the same time reducing the cost for residents for the use of our conservation center and a reduction, as well, in the sewer fee this year.”

To learn more about the municipal budget, click here.

The town council also passed a resolution adopting the Special Improvement District budget, which remains flat for the sixth consecutive year. That budget comes from taxes paid by Downtown Westfield property owners.