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Municipal Taxes to Remain Stable in 2012 Budget, Mayor Says

No layoffs or furloughs planned, no cut in services

The amount to be raised by taxation in the 2012 budget will be $15.89 less than in 2011, which guarantees there will be no increase in municipal taxes this year, Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. said.

The amount to be raised by taxation for 2012 totals $25,917,605, he said at the June 12 Township Council meeting.

"Good show," one man yelled from the audience.

The budget will be $1.4 million under the state-imposed 2 percent cap on municipal spending increases each year, Amato said.

There will be no layoffs or employee furloughs and municipal services will be maintained, Councilman John Bacchione said.

Come back to Berkeley Patch later today for a full story on the budget, which was introduced at the council meeting last night.

john June 13, 2012 at 10:15 AM
thats good news, but honestly i would have like to see some saving s and reduction in spending. one thing that bugs me about berkeley is its liberal sanitation system. the bulk pickup days have to cost a whole lot of money, which is used by few, but paid for by every tax payer. the bulk day is abused as in the days/week leading up to bulk day, car s and trucks from friends from other area s can be seen unloading garbage at someone s curb . or homeowners doing major renovation projects and piling up the debris for bulk day. when i built my additions i had 2 30 yard containers at cost of 800 each. geeee had i known of the liberal bulk day i woulda had the rest of the taxpayers subsidize my construct just like others do. recently after cleaning out moms house in N jersey, we needed to dispose of a couch, the hauling company charged 35 dollars for one couch. that s in addition to their 100 or so dollar quarterly charge. i m not liking the idea that a service used by say 20 % of the citizens, but paid for by all............
Joe Semiraro June 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM
The Mayor and Council members ran on a platform outlining that the past administration had run up the budget about 146% over the past 10 years. So, where are the cuts?
John DiStefano June 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
ummmm.they were not truthful perhaps?
Rj June 13, 2012 at 01:24 PM
our local government as well as washington need to cut their costs out of our pockets.my taxes just about doubled last year. we lost our town dump, we lost bulk days, we lost the second garbage pick up day and you think we should pay to have stuff picked up? Really? I pay taxes for everyones kids to go to school and I dont have kids so should the people pay more who have kids? why should a person just trying to survive have to pay to have bulk picked up? not all of us like you can afford Major renovation projects. most of us are just trying to survive in this world. you want cuts, start cutting in washington and local governments. everyone has suffered since 911 except any and all of our government. they have had no pay cuts or health insurance cost increases.. we pay for all of their great lives they live.. so wake up and stop taking from the people who actually pay into this messed up world we live in. send all of the immagrants back or make them pay now. stop giving money to people in America who arent American at all...
john June 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
rj, my taxes are almost 3 fold higher than when i moved to berkeley in 2000. i agree with you on the issue of school taxes also. why does everyone have to pay for that if they don t have kids.......guess my next move is to a state that doesnt tax everyone for schools.....perhaps s carolina for retirement. i m never going to survive in NJ at these property taxs in another 10 years. regarding bulk day, so you never bought a new couch or refrigerator ? i have, and had both hauled away by the stores i bought them from. i didnt add expense to the problem. i often wondered how all these small houses generate so much bulk garbage, until i observed what i mentioned in my first post about people driving up to their friends house in berkeley from where ever doesnt do bulk, dropping their crap off. nice..... we the people thou must remain vigilant all the time. from the state to local level, revenue streams increased many times over, and rather than cutting tax rates, most all increased spending to match intake. run your household budget like that and see where u are when incomes drop off..
L & M June 13, 2012 at 01:48 PM
What a breath of fresh air. It is wonderful seeing Berkeley Township being run responsibly. It is finally being run the way we try to run our own homes. We have to be responsible with our own personal budgets, so why shouldn't the town. I still hate paying taxes, but do appreciate that they are finally being managed wisely. Keep up the good work Mayor Amato, and our hard working council.
Rj June 13, 2012 at 01:54 PM
yea I agree. the only thing left is to leave.. but then leave it to who? the people who live in this country that we pay for? the immagrants? or all the politicians who make a living off screwing working Americans? yess if I purchase a new fridge or couch they do take it away. as for bulk for me it would be just some small things getting rid of or cleaning up things not renovations. as for tax increases, people are so brainwashed to thinking that raising taxes fixes everything... all it does is give our government mor money to waste, lets start with every washington or political official that runs for office, when their term is up they have to pay into the Cobra health care system like the rest of the WORKING world and let them collect unemployment like everyone else.. not free healthcare for life and pay for life.. right now we pay out more for people who are done with their four year term and get it all for free.. than people who are working or shall we say just collecting a paycheck... uuum I see where cuts can start..
tnk June 13, 2012 at 02:14 PM
It is great to hear we are going in a positive direction. Mr. Mayor and Council, keep up the good work!!!!
djt June 13, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Keep up the good work Mayor! It's about time that we have someone in office that wants to make great things to happen for this town.
Rj June 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
agree Amato is the best thing that happened for this town. Verano was the biggest waste we had.
Terry June 13, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hay Carmen Thanks you for yours and the council’s efforts. You people are working resolutely to try to undo the damage the former administration did to Berkeley Township. It will take time but you are off to a good start. Just keep going forward and ignore the obtuse comments made by some of the disgruntled people in the paper. They are just people who don’t know how to lose graciously.
Thomas June 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I'm not trying to be a downer but it's only been 6 months, I don't think we should be lifting the mayor and council on our shoulders. The only thing they did was say taxes will not be increasing. Before judgement is passed one way or another let's see what else they will do for the residents of Berkeley.
Rj June 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
those are all of the Verano fans that are against our great mayor.. I think he has a great task on his hands to clean up what damage was done by the prior mayor and his team.. Great job Carmen!!
tnk June 13, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Yes, in such a short time turning this town around. No tax increase, no layoffs during a time when people really need their jobs, responsible spending, budget of 2.7 million - under state 2% cap. Keep up the great work Mr.Mayor!!!!!!!
pizmo June 13, 2012 at 04:34 PM
just saying... yes, you are being a downer! why not hoist them on your shoulders and say great 6 months mayor and council? then, you can put them down and rest while they continue to do great things for our town. but... will you say after one year, well it's only been one year. Then the next year (will you say) well it's only been two years... etc... in your opine, how many years have to pass before you say whoopee (5 year, 10 year, 50 years)
Chief Wahoo June 13, 2012 at 07:10 PM
do not know why my last post got deleted, did Varano get a job ?.....cant we all be happy Varano property taxes are staying flat !
Rj June 13, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Verano is the reason we all got jacked to where we are.. real smart guy. the economy has been suffering so lets hit people for more than what they can afford.. I am sure he hasnt suffered being unemployed..
Berkeley Resident! and Proud! June 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Way to go Carmen and team! Excited for things to come!
Doris Cauda June 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM
To All Varano's Kool Aid drinkers: The bottom line is that since Mayor Amato and the Republicans took back the Council, my taxes, which increased by double digits every year under Varano, have stopped going up. Mayor Amato legally took surplus money from the sewer and water departments and used that money to give us taxpayers a break and, for that, I will forever thank Carmen Amato. If your Varano was soooo great, why didn't he think of that? The problem was that Varano never saw a tax increase he didn't like. Mayor Amato has overturned, in 5 short months, the 1.4 million dollar hole with only $10K in surplus Varano left. Not much to run a town. Varano's homies said NOTHING for years while our taxes kept going up. Semiraro and DiStefano are quick to pass judgement but can they offer alternatives, other than raising taxes? Mayor Amato, I believe, sincerely feels for the taxpayers of Berkeley. He know we don't have bottomless pockets to keep paying and he's doing his best by keeping Berkeley's expenses under the state 2% cap. Even the ever long-winded Sam Cammarato, Prez. of BT Taxpayers Coalition appreciates what the Mayor and Council are doing and, for once, I agree with him. Mayor Amato: keep doing what you're doing-a Great Job! Thank you.
John DiStefano June 14, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Devil is in the details. Budget is flat but have ANY services been cut?
Joe Semiraro June 14, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Doris, I think most everyone in town is happy that Mayor Amato has found a way to not increase taxes. However, the difficult job is yet to be done. And, that is to march back some of the tax increases of the the last ten years. Mr. Amato and Mr. Byrnes are both well aware that there are areas in the education budget that could be cut without affecting the education of one single child. Both Mr. Amato and Mr. Byrnes believe that the best way to reduce the government payroll is through attrition. That means they are unwilling to fire or furlough any un-needed township employees; but, would rather spend your tax dollars waiting for someone to retire or leave on their own. And that Doris is no way to run a business or a township. Smells a lot like a union, doesn't it.
community 12 June 14, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Thank you Mayor Amato for turning things around in Berkeley. It's nice to see we are moving in a positive direction, it's been a long time since we have experienced that. As for John Di, he must be a die hard Varano fan, best to ignore him. Honestly, he would have something negitive to say no matter what good you do for our community. I can speak freely for all of my family members and friends that reside in Berkeley when I say again, thank you for all your hard work,dedication,time away from your family,lack of sleep and the gray hair Im sure you will soon be getting for the sake of improving Berkeley township.
Thomas June 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Ahh yes the Berkeley school system. Very much looking forward to November when we can elect some new members to the Berkeley school board. New blood seems to be working with a new mayor and council, let's try the same thing for the school board.

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