Little Falls Council Addresses Flooding Costs and Budget Approval

In the recent Little Falls Town Council meeting, discussions were dominated by the 2024 Municipal budget’s impact on residents, infrastructure improvements, and the township’s approach to public safety and community events. The budget presentation outlined a total budget of $24,347,120 with significant allocations for infrastructure and equipment needs, while the police chief reported success in reducing crime through increased patrols and community support.

The council’s budget presentation was a focal point, revealing the financial framework for 2024. The fund balance utilized was reported to be $2.8 million with anticipated revenue at $5,749,679. The budget detailed appropriations for various departments, underlining the township’s prioritization of resources. Of the total budget, 62% stems from taxes, and the tax rate was a subject of scrutiny due to the severe flooding the township experienced, which incurred costs of approximately $105,000. To mitigate the impact on residents, these costs were incorporated into the taxes, strategically avoiding a more substantial tax rate hike the following year.

Real estate taxes, which account for about 28% of the total taxes paid by residents, were broken down with clarity. In terms of capital expenditures, the township allocated funds for police equipment, public works improvements, road resurfacing programs, and initiatives for river bank stabilization which are critical given the recent flooding. The capital requests totaled $4 million, with funding sources including grants, down payments, and authorized debt. The budget hearing and subsequent adoption were scheduled for April 8, 2024.

The council also moved to approve several resolutions that are set to influence the town’s fiscal and operational directives. Notably, resolutions included the authorization of an increase in deferred school taxes, an increase in reserve for uncollected tax percentages, and the introduction of the 2024 Municipal budget. The meeting also saw approval for tax refunds due to State Tax Court judgments, affordability assistance grants for renters of affordable housing units, a contract for Stanley Street parking lot improvements, a change order for downtown streetscape enhancements, and the adoption of a capital budget amendment resolution. The legislative process was furthered with the second reading and public hearing of ordinance 1477 and the introduction of ordinances 1478 and 1479.

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Public safety, a concern for residents, was addressed through a report from the police chief, who provided statistics on stolen motor vehicles and burglaries to autos.

The council also focused on community involvement and initiatives. Updates from council members emphasized a spectrum of upcoming events and programs that engage various community interests and needs. These included a domestic violence prevention event, a Ramadan lighting ceremony, preparations for Autism Awareness Month, and initiatives involving the library and public health. A special mention was made of a banner in honor of a Navy hospital corpsman.

Public comments were welcomed. This aspect of the council meeting underscores the democratic process and the importance of civic engagement.

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Mayor:
James Damiano
City Council Officials:
Anthony Sgobba, Jayna Patel, Christopher Vancheri, Christine Hablitz, Michael Murphy

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