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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.

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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