Proposed Municipal Tax Hike + School Tax Increase = $239 For Average Home

Proposed municipal tax levy is about $55.5 million.

The municipal portion of the average resident’s tax bill could increase $112 if the council approves a proposed $55.5 million tax levy.

The tax levy is part of township’s proposed $77.8 million budget. The tax levy is the portion of the budget funded by municipal taxes.

The final budget last year was . The average home is assessed at $229,000. 

Chief Financial Officer Robert Miller said that health care costs, which are included in determining the municipal tax rate, increased nearly $1.6 million from last year. Wayne also reportedly lost $35 million of its tax base from this year to last year.

Miller said the township incurred nearly $440,000 of “storm-related” costs in 2011.

Miller said that there would be “no reduction in services” this year.

The municipal portion of the average homeowner’s tax bill increased nearly $90 last year and $100 in 2010. The 2010 tax levy was approximately $56.5 million.

The school portion of the average homeowner’s taxes . The Board of Education approved the district’s $127.3 million tax levy last month. The school district’s total budget is $144 million.

A public hearing on the budget will be held at the town meeting on June 6. The council will vote on the budget at the meeting. The council approved last year’s budget 5-4.

Council President Joseph Scuralli said that a committee comprised of no more than four council members will examine and discuss the budget once it is presented to the council. Councilman , a certified public accountant, will chair the committee. Councilman Chris McIntyre, the only Democrat on the nine-member council, will also serve on the committee, Scuralli said.

“We just have the budget in general terms for now, we haven’t seen the details yet,” Scuralli said. 

johnm April 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
This article could be a lot better. What is the % increase of the school board? (I think it was under the cap of 2%). What is the percentage of the Municipal increase? Come on Patch, get up on it or we will demand better writers.
soccer2012 April 11, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Well, we may have incurred an additional $440,000 from an October storm but I would think that the lack of snow removal services and products this season would off-set this.
BethinWayne April 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Enough already. Let all your employee's pay for their own medical benefits like the rest of us have too. Every year these taxes go up. Enough. Stop spending the money. ( There are ways to cut back that don't include having everyone pay more).
Marie April 11, 2012 at 01:19 PM
What happened to state aid?
eyes wide shut April 11, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Blind Faith in our leaders will cost us $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
fboy1932 April 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Lets not forget that the reason our taxes are high is because of education. I dont mind paying muinicipal taxes because we dont have a choice, school taxes need to be cut there is still too much fat in the system.
Wayne's World April 11, 2012 at 03:49 PM
There's way too much fat at the county level - that's where the real wastefulness lies.
Lenore Caccavella Wolke April 11, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I doubt all of these entities know what the word "budget" really means. They need to view these budgets as if they were their own household budgets, then maybe they could hold them steady for a few years. It is oh so easy to spend other people's money. Do they think the citizens of Wayne have unlimited money wells? Why not hire outside budgeting experts to see where money can be saved instead of hiring PR firms? It is obvious these people in charge need some expert budgeting advice from some real budgeters.
Joe videodummy April 11, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Since October of 2011 the town council has thrown in our faces the fact that it spent almost 500k on storm-related costs mostly due to the flooding. They fail to mention the savings since October by not having to spend any money on WINTER, or the grants they received becaue of the flooding. On the outside they're crying like we're a small town and 500k is going to break the bank, but on the inside the cash is flowing in from other little goodies like the "kick-backs" they receive from selling off property tax leins, and the many endeavors that never make it into newsprint. Wake up people. This town has no debt. If it did, it wouldn't let the BOE and the town Council put themselves in the position to be sued as much as they do. They wouldn't let the Wayne Adult School operate in the red, and they wouldn't be operating two public libraries and a free wheeling book mobile. The interior is very well padded if you know what I mean. They can immediately save 200k by stop giving 100k to the local PAL and Boys and Girls Club - which makes no sense anyway because they charge enough in fees to operate without any "gifts". Like we needed a mobile "hotel" that sleeps 20. Who's terrific idea was that ?
Bob April 11, 2012 at 08:23 PM
When does it ever stop? $127 for the school $112 for the town and heaven's knows what the county will sock Wayne with & with the county their is no voting or cap. I'll bet that my overall increase will be close to $500 for the new year. Their is ways to cut back in all areas. My services have not changed but the cost continue to rise. Why not garbage colection once a week, what happened to the budget line item for snow removal that wasn't used this year? I'll bet it was dumped into surplus as a reserve. The County of Passaic with their massive budget is killing us. The county police force coupled with the Wayne police force is an army in itself. What's happening in Wayne is massive tax appeals on property which instead of cutting back spending they add it to other taxpayers to make up the slack. This has to stop..
Rob Burke April 11, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Here's an interesting question to ponder. How much do you think the average small business owner's property taxes will increase? Will these business owners be able to absorb the increase? Will the increase be the straw that breaks their backs and causes them to leave? If one leaves, how will we replace the ratable? I don't for a minute diminish the very real impact on homeowners here. But I do have a point -- if taxes make it intolerable for businesses to stay or move into Wayne, then we will find ourselves in a death spiral with no way out. As businesses leave, homeowners will be required to absorb an ever increasing share of the total tax bill. A whole lotta change needs to happen, fast.
Pad April 11, 2012 at 11:51 PM
They need to put a freeze on all hiring and do more with less. I see many Township vehicles parked behind firehouses, 7-11 etc during work hours so there needs to be more accountability. Ratables are down 35 million from last year. The Township is not friendly to bring in new ratables with thier constant regulations etc. We have over 300 homes in foreclosure and many vacant buisnesses. We need zero increases for a few years. The tax increases are just making it worse for the taxpayers to remain in Wayne. Healthcare increased 1.6 million and what are they doing to control these cost? Maybe Township employee's should be making larger contributions? Maybe a new healthcare provider etc. Wayne needs to get thier spending under control. They need to freeze all controlable spending and hiring. They are destroying this town. The more taxes are increased the more residents and ratables are forced to leave. We need a Mayor, Council and BOE that is responsive to the taxpayers. They all need to be voted out and replaced with elected officials that are responsible to the taxpayers. We need to have elections with new people to bring about real change in Wayne. It seems most of the Council and the Mayor come from the BOE and when the BOE budget was voted down the cuts made by the Council was a disgrace. Less then 1% but they found money to give 5-9% raises at Nellis Drive, a PR firm and several new positions.
Justice April 12, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I was also wondering about the 1.6 million for healthcare...seems odd. is the township self-insuring/retaining up to a certain amount? No explanations...Always with the hand out..
Joe runner April 12, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Wayne use to be a desirable town to live in but the goverment is ruining it soon to be a town with foreclosed homes and forgotten businesses ! Thank you for all your increases well done !
Kallybaby April 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM
How about we start charging residents that have children in school, make the school system semi-private, it won't cost as much as a private school but it won't be free. Why should people that don't have children or that have children that are in college or working be paying for the school system. I don't believe that our homes are worth any less or more because of the "Wayne schools". If charging is not an option, then start cutting some expenses. When my home budget is high, I can't go to my boss and say I have to raise my salary, no, I cut my expenses. Why should the home and business owners suffer for the careless spending in this town.
Justice April 12, 2012 at 11:13 AM
1) Let's stop paying the mayor council members their salaries and benefits. 2) Let's stop giving replacement personnel salaries that are 30% higher than the people who left. 3) Let's retire those people who are over 70 years old. 4) Let's do a study analysis and get rid of redundant positions.
lizod April 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM
@kellybaby....if I send my kids to private school altogether, would a portion of my $22,000 in taxes be refunded? It's understandable that you feel you should not contribute towards a service you don't utilize....The problem is systemic, multi-dimersional and seems to be a characteristic of most government....I am nauseous every time I drop off my taxes because the lady in the window cannot even manage eye contact much less a smile or hello......so I get it - I wish there was more accountability on every level but simply there is not.....
Al Scala April 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM
The Republican faction in this town, Rumana, Vergano, Scuralli, etal have so much control and power over this town, they simply don't care or care to connect with the people. I think from things that have gone on here over the last several years, that is pretty obvious. It reminds me of the saying...."Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."( Lord Acton, 1867.) As someone posted on one of these blogs awhile ago.....It's time to take back the castle.
Justice April 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I cannot for the life of me understand why the Mayor, Council and BOE, listen to their bosses (the taxpayers). They MUST be FIRED for conduct unbecoming their positions and INSUBORDINATION, then make sure they are ineligible for unemployment, pensions, etc. As Trump enjoys saying: YOU'RE FIRED
Joe videodummy April 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Let's stop appointments -take away the ability that allows our elected township and government officals the freedom to appoint an unelected person to fill their chair when they step down or resign. Then hold a special election for all of the seats that have been filled by appointed persons that were "not" elected into that position. Afterwards, let candidates run for these seats with their "alternate". This let's the public be aware of who will be filling the chair if the party disembarks. If the alternate decides to drop off the ticket and the chair becomes available, then a general election is held to replace the vacancy. It's time to stop the nonsense. We allowing our seats to be utilized like a hop-scotch game of personal power for their own political gain.
Justice April 12, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Joe, It is odd that all these appointments happened within the same time period that our property taxes escalated
Joe videodummy April 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Justice: Agreed. It's time to reopen the books on the Faulkner Act of 1961. I never believed that 6 ward elcted officals with 3 at-large seats would work in this town, and it doesn't. Since the 1960's the population growth has shifted on slightly, and that includes the buy-out section of town. Other problem we constantly encounter is all these "closed door" sessions. Another reason to stop the nonsense.
Pad April 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM
When it comes to cocern for the residents and taxpayers of this town the Mayor, Council and the BOE thumb thier noses at them. Taxpayers beware these people are out to get you. They pat you on the back with one hand and pick your pocket with the other. As a governing Council they are a disgrace. Yes, every member should be there by vote of the taxpayers not appointed from the "Good Ole Boy Club" at the BOE.
fred April 13, 2012 at 02:33 AM
the elected officials need to turn the town like a business.
stock April 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Will they ever listen to the people in Wayne? Or never care about you and keep raising taxes?
Al Scala April 20, 2012 at 01:12 AM
It should be interesting when the new budget for the Township takes effect. Wait until your quarterly water bill comes in the mail. Will they raise the sewer tax? That is a tax put on the taxpayers, over and above your municipal real estate taxes.
Pad April 20, 2012 at 08:37 AM
The Mayor is the worse ever in this town. When issues come up he is silent, puts a gag order on all employee's. There is too many scandals going on both at the BOE and the Township level. Recently a fire inspector was arrested and the township allowed him to retire to save his pension. This incident has dropped out of the news, but again the Mayor is silent. We need a strong fiscally conservitive Mayor, a leader not a follower and a good ole boy. This town need to lighten up on all its regulations that are prohibiting new buisness from coming to Wayne. 35 million in lost tax income and they are still spending and bonding for purchases. We need to have full elections for every council member and stop having another "good ole boy" appointed from the BOE whenever ther is an opening. They sit up there like Gods and whenever they are questioned they are silent and don't give straight replies. Obviously they are blind to the fact that the taxes here are destroyng this town bit by bit. I am afraid it will be too late when they open thier eyes and see what they have done. Instead of being on commercials for Optimum the Mayor should be speaking to the people. Wonder what he got for that? We need a new candidate for Mayor in this township. Republican, Democrat or Independants I don't care. Just candidtates that are going to be responsible to the taxpayers of this Township and not there own little agenda's.
eyes wide shut April 20, 2012 at 01:41 PM
All of you that have voted for this group, now have to live with their policies..If YOU don't like it, then do something about it....Vote for change
Concerned Mom April 22, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Go online a look up the Wayne police contract some of the cops got a 14% raise. They will say the raise was 2% but with longevity increases some got 5% , 8% , 10% and the highest paid got 14%. Every other township employee who don't come close to making what the cops make got 0% or 1%. Most of the cops make 100,000 or more. Check out Data Universe it lists all public employees salaries.
Pad April 22, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Wayne still keeps hiring away.


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