WESTFIELD, NJ — A virtual public hearing on the town’s 2020 budget is set for Tuesday.

The $46.085 million spending plan reflects reductions in revenue from court fines and fees, building department fees and parking fees, officials said. These reductions, the officials said, are largely a result of COVID-19.

The owner of a home assessed at the town’s average value of $795,159 is anticipated to pay $2,751.25 in town taxes based on a municipal tax rate of $0.346 per $100 of assessed valuation, according to Town Administrator Jim Gildea.

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It reflects a municipal tax increase of $55 on the home assessed at the town’s average, according to Gildea. That increase does not include property taxes paid to the local school district and taxes paid to the county.

Last month, council members introduced the spending plan by a vote of 8-1 and solicited questions from the public, which the town answered in a Q&A posted to the municipal website.

Due to the COVID-19 State of New Jersey stay-at-home order, the Tuesday, May 26, Town Council meeting will be held virtually through Zoom webinar. The meeting begins at 8 p.m.

If you plan to speak during the public hearing on the budget or the open discussion by citizens portion of the meeting, you must connect to the webinar via Zoom. Otherwise, you can view a live stream of the meeting on the town's Facebook page.

If you are an existing Zoom user, you can connect using the following link: https://bit.ly/WestfieldTownCouncil05262020

If you are new to Zoom:

  1. Go to Zoom.com
  2. Click “Join a Meeting”
  3. When prompted
    Meeting ID: 753-829-581

Telephone (for higher quality audio): 470-381-2552 or 646-518-9805

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