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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. 

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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