Woodbridge Township Approves Reduced Fire Budget After Vote Defeat

In a recent Woodbridge Township Council meeting, one notable issue addressed was the failure of the Fire District 11’s budget by a single vote and the subsequent actions taken by the council to rectify the situation. After extensive review, the council and fire department representatives reached a consensus on a reduced budget amount, leading to a resolution for a $40,000 cut from the initially proposed budget to be raised by taxation.

The council discussed the challenges faced by the fire district, particularly the cost of water usage which is a part of the budget. It was noted that nearly 20% of the proposed $1.5 million taxation budget was allocated for water usage alone. The council acknowledged the difficulty in managing these costs due to the cap on budget increases and the lack of correlation with the Board of Public Utilities’ approvals for water rates.

The budget reduction, which includes a $25,000 cut from future capital outlay and adjustments to other line items as necessary, is expected to decrease the annual tax increase for residents of District 11 from approximately $13 to $4. The council stressed the importance of residents understanding the budgeting process and encouraged greater public participation in voting.

In addition to the budget discussion, the council expressed appreciation for the fire services provided to the community and emphasized the collaborative effort between municipal officials and fire commissioners to serve residents effectively.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
John E. McCormac
City Council Officials:
Kyle Anderson, Cory Spillar, Sharon McAuliffe, Howie Bauer, Virbhadra N. Patel, Debbie Meehan, Lizbeth DeJesus, Gregg M. Ficarra, Brian Small, John M. Mitch (Municipal Clerk)

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