WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Town Council voted Tuesday to officially introduce this year’s municipal budget after a PowerPoint presentation to the public by Town Administrator Jim Gildea.

With this budget, the municipal portion of the tax bill for the average assessed home in Westfield will be about $50  per year, Gildea explained. The proposed rate increase falls below the state-mandated two percent cap, at 1.73 percent, he told the audience.

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Jo Ann Neylan, chair of the finance committee, has invited members of the public to email their questions to Budget@Westfieldnj.gov.

At the meeting that evening, Neylan thanked members of the finance committee, department heads, Fire Chief David Kelly, Police Chief David Wayman, Director of Public Works Greg O’Neil, Chief Financial Officer Scott Olsen, Mayor Andy Skibitsky, Gildea and Executive Assistant Joan Thermann for helping to make Westfield a fiscally responsible town. 

The Special Improvement District's budget, it was noted, will remain flat for the sixth year in a row, which means that the special tax levy on businesses downtown will also remain flat.