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Budget Presentation Delayed To June 20

The municipal portion of the average residents' property taxes could increase $112 if budget is approved as it was introduced.

The annual presentation and vote on the 2012 municipal budget has been delayed to the council’s June 20 meeting.

Township clerk Paul Margiotta confirmed the scheduling change Wednesday. He did not give a reason why the change was made. The meeting will be held in the council chamber in the beginning at 8 p.m. It will also be broadcast online and on cable channel 77. 

The municipal portion of the average homeowner’s taxes could increase $112 if the council approves the proposed $55.5 million tax levy. The levy is part of the township’s proposed $77.8 million budget. The levy is the portion of the budget funded by municipal taxes. The average home is assessed at $229,000.

Councilman James Jimenez, a certified public accountant, is leading a committee of four council members that is examining and discussing the budget.

Chief Financial Officer Robert Miller previously said that health care costs, which are included in determining the municipal tax rate, increased $1.6 million from last year.

Miller also said that the town incurred nearly $440,000 in “storm-related” costs in 2011.

Council President Joseph Scuralli previously said that the township must operate “as effectively as possible” to help minimize the effect property taxes have on homeowners’ budgets.

“The higher property taxes go, if residents budget a certain percentage of their money for housing and if housing prices go back up the monthly mortgage payments will be more expensive,” Scuralli said.

The by $127 earlier this year by approving the district’s $144 million budget, which includes a $127.3 million tax levy.

Residents can view the budget as it was introduced earlier this year on the township’s Web site.

The nearly 80-page document features a comprehensive breakdown of the anticipated amount of revenues and expenditures for 2012.

The final budget last year . The municipal portion of the average homeowner’s taxes increased $89. The tax levy was about $56.7 million. The council approved the budget 5-4.

Nine full-time positions, including four police officers, were eliminated last year; that saved the township $733,000 in salaries. The township paid out approximately $28.8 million in salaries last year. 

Justice May 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM
God Bless the EMT's and Fire Fighters (alphabetical) who volunteer without expecting anything in return. Does Wayne have any female fire fighters? I know through experience that there are quite a few female EMT's.
Justice May 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM
To reiterate what Al had said, the Township of West Milford, actually published this info on their site: http://www.westmilford.org/Cit-e-Access/webpage.cfm?TID=11&TPID=5945 YOUR HOME FIRE INSURANCE RATING Each of the six volunteer fire companies of the Township Fire Department has a fire station, their own fire apparatus and carries water with them for initial fire suppression. Any structure fire would be considered an automatic multiple alarm and a minimum of two fire companies would be immediately dispatched to the scene. The fire stations are located throughout the Township to provide adequate fire protection to all areas. Most homes in the Township are within five miles of a fire station, with only a few exceptions. Based upon the Fire Department's, equipment, man-power, water resources and response time, the Insurance Service Office established a fire insurance rating of six (6) for all residents in the Township whenever a residence is located within five (5) miles of a fire station. What does this mean to the homeowner? Whenever you are purchasing fire insurance for your home, you should first ask if the Insurance Company will use the ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating system. The ISO uses a 1-10 premium scale. One being the best rate - ten being the highest.
Justice May 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Since the Township was rated at a 6 - when the provider uses the ISO rate the resident will receive a slightly higher than medium insurance premium. Insurance Companies who do not use the ISO rate will consider a West Milford Township resident a 9 in an area without hydrants and an 8 if a hydrant is within 1000 feet of the residence. A substantial savings can be obtained by home-owners whose insurance provider uses the Insurance Service Office rates. For further information regarding ISO rates, you may call the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 973-728-2840 or send an e-mail with your address requesting a form letter mailed to you to submit to your insurance provider to: fireoffice@westmilford.org.
Justice May 30, 2012 at 11:01 PM
ISO Website http://www.isomitigation.com/ppc/0000/ppc0001.html#.T8amltVfHwo
Al Scala May 30, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Justice....if one is the best rating to have, and we are rated as 6' why don't we have a better rating? It seems we have all the right equipment. We certainly have plenty of it.
leanbean May 31, 2012 at 12:19 AM
@ Nose, You couldn't be more correct. With the police getting $28.8 MILLION iN SALARIES. That would mean that the FIREMEN AND EMT'S would be paid on par with them. For anyone to come on here and complain about " the fire/ambulance depts. with whatever equipment they need and often that means every shiny new toy that comes out." is a FOOL
Jacqueline Pisatowski May 31, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Holding a dual elective office is statutorily prohibited pursuant to A-4326. This act signed into law on September 5, 2007 states that “It shall be unlawful for a person to hold simultaneously - an elective county office and - an elective municipal office”. This Council is paid to come up with innovative budgetary solutions. Rather your proposed budget calls for an additional $112 increase to a home assessed at $229,000. Now I understand why the public was closed out from running in the Wayne Regular Republican Organization County Committee election. By suppressing our talent and creativity, the political insiders can continue the status quo. Isn't this breaking the law? We don’t have a single watch dog on the County Committee, and that means the taxing and spending will continue. Council representative Purcells, Sadowski, Mazzei, Miller-Ryan, and Councilman Jimenez all hold duel offices by serving: - in an elective municipal office as Council representatives and - In an elective county office as County Committee members. To these Council members - maybe you were naïve but now that you know, please explain what step you plan on taking to correct your errors.
Justice May 31, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Al, ISO was closed for the evening. I will have to check during business hours. If memory serves me correctly, the highest rating for a town with a volunteer force is a 6, regardless of all the toys, bells and whistles. It is unfortunate that Wayne is unable to have a paid force, considering all the calls that our volunteers attend to.
Justice May 31, 2012 at 12:46 AM
leanbean, pacifying children with toys does not work. Insulting our volunteers with "toys" is counter-productive to everyone. Perhaps an intelligent re-distribution of funds is in order.
Nose Wayne May 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Justice, Their are two female firefighters in Wayne.One in Pompton Falls Fire Company #3, and one in Preakness Fire Company #4.
Justice May 31, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Jacqueline, this is unbelievable. These illegalities can void Wayne's insurance policies, costing taxpayers millions in case of losses and there are plenty of losses that have yet to be claimed.
Nose Wayne May 31, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Al, the lower classifications are mostly for paid and combination paid/volunteer departments. ISO was recently in Wayne Township to reevalueate our ratings. Don't NOSE if our rating went down or not.Will find out and get back to everyone.
Jacqueline Pisatowski May 31, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Jacqueline Pisatowski 8:36 pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Holding a dual elective office is statutorily prohibited pursuant to A-4326. This act signed into law on September 5, 2007 states that “It shall be unlawful for a person to hold simultaneously - an elective county office and - an elective municipal office”. This Council is paid to come up with innovative budgetary solutions. Rather your proposed budget calls for an additional $112 increase to a home assessed at $229,000. Now I understand why the public was closed out from running in the Wayne Regular Republican Organization County Committee election. By suppressing our talent and creativity, the political insiders can continue the status quo. Isn't this breaking the law? We don’t have a single watch dog on the County Committee, and that means the taxing and spending will continue. Council representative Purcells, Sadowski, Mazzei, Miller-Ryan, and Councilman Jimenez all hold duel offices by serving: - in an elective municipal office as Council representatives and - In an elective county office as County Committee members. To these Council members - maybe you were naïve but now that you know, please explain what step you plan on taking to correct your errors.
Jacqueline Pisatowski May 31, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Jacqueline Pisatowski 8:36 pm on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 Holding a dual elective office is statutorily prohibited pursuant to A-4326. This act signed into law on September 5, 2007 states that “It shall be unlawful for a person to hold simultaneously - an elective county office and - an elective municipal office”. This Council is paid to come up with innovative budgetary solutions. Rather your proposed budget calls for an additional $112 increase to a home assessed at $229,000. Now I understand why the public was closed out from running in the Wayne Regular Republican Organization County Committee election. By suppressing our talent and creativity, the political insiders can continue the status quo. Isn't this breaking the law? We don’t have a single watch dog on the County Committee, and that means the taxing and spending will continue. Council representative Purcells, Sadowski, Mazzei, Miller-Ryan, and Councilman Jimenez all hold duel offices by serving: - in an elective municipal office as Council representatives and - In an elective county office as County Committee members. To these Council members - maybe you were naïve but now that you know, please explain what step you plan on taking to correct your errors.
Nose Wayne May 31, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Justice, The Township buys the trucks and some of the more expensive equipment (Gear,Air Paks,TIC,) Each firehouse is owned and maintained by the volunteers.The fund drive letter you get in the mail goes towards maintaining the firehouses.The Township gives each firehouse $30,000 to offset their finances (electric,nat.gas) The five firehouses and two first aid buildings are staffed by an all volunteer department and squad.IF THEY WERE PAID,you and everyone here would really have something to say.(not that we don't now).They save MILLIONS EVERY YEAR!! West Milford is like Wayne except more rural.Wayne has a fire hydrant every 500 feet (except some outer areas) West Milford only has hydrants in newer sub divisions and a few more populated areas.West Milford is 78 Square miles compared to Wayne at 27 square miles.
Justice May 31, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Al and Nose, Per ISO, effective May 1, 2012, the Township of Wayne is a Protection Class 4. Per ISO , any further information regarding this town's fire rating, can be obtained from the fire department, insurance company or paid subscription.
Rex miatke May 31, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I have so much respect for these folks??? We have over 50,000 population with a volunteer ambulance and fire department. Next time you see these folks shake their hands and say thank you. The job these folks do is just amazing.
Warren May 31, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Al Scala is right on target. This is the headline that we should be talking about. I am originally from Chicago and this cancellation of the meeting, prior to the primary, is right out of the Chicago playbook. Jimenez, Miller , Scuralli, et al run this Township like it is their personal business. No transparency with secret/closed sessions prior to the open meeting where all of the business is really done. Read the meeting minutes. There is never any debate among these gangsters, never a nay vote nor any explanation about contract awards. This is so much like the late Richard J. Daly's way of doing business.When are the apothetic citizens going to wake up and throw these establishment Republicans out. The school Board is equally corrupt and inept and a detailed audit would find connections between these 2 bodies.
Nose Wayne May 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Warren, How long have you lived in Wayne?
Justice June 01, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Warren, if you know the name of the independent auditors for this town and BOE, please share it, as the township employees continue to be tight-lipped about this information, probably due to the gag orders.
Nose Wayne June 01, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Warren, They meet in the conference room before the meeting to DISCUSS what will be DISCUSSED at the meeting.Have to give them credit,they have great memories.Don't need LAPTOPS!!
George June 01, 2012 at 12:05 PM
@ Justice Did you call townhall and ask to speak to Bob Miller or Neal Bellitt? Why are you saying people are tight lipped on who the auditors are? The audit for y/e December 31, 2010 was performed by Lerch, Vinci, and Higgins LLP of Fair lawn NJ...the audit results are easily found on the internet... http://www.waynetownship.com/forms/2010audit.pdf
Justice June 01, 2012 at 12:20 PM
George, thank you for the info and the actual link. I did not speak with the people you mentioned; but the ones that I did converse with were apparently clerks. Additionally, they made the comment that it wasn't for public knowledge which is what irritated me the most. In business, I normally do not ask managers for routine information (which this is); therefore, I acted in the same light here. Once again, thank you.
stewart resmer June 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Yes George, thank you very much for the link. I too have tried to find this information out by sending an email through the township e porytal to Mr Miller with absolutely no response what so ever. Anyone who thinks the township and council are acting above borad in these regards might well be mistaken. It seems to me OPRA is required at all times.
Nose Wayne June 02, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Stewart.Information like that has to go thru the clerks office for a OPRA request.Reports and other public records have to be this way unless you can find it on the internet.
Al Scala June 03, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Stewart...I replied to one of your posts yesterday, but it was deleted. What I said was in my opinion, that a government which is not open and transparent, is not an honest one. There is a reason why a government does not disclose anything or does not respond voluntarily to a request for information. That reason is not one you or I would like to hear. There is something to hide. A government like this needs to be defeated and taken out by free election. There is too much power and control held by too few. Here in Wayne, we need more checks and balances. One party rule is not healthy. We need some different eyes and ears on the Council. We need more of a balance. Hopefully Dan Hubbard in his infinite wisdom will not delete this as he did my earlier post.By the way, what ever happened to our first amendment rights? Oh, I forgot, we live in Wayne.
Nose Wayne June 03, 2012 at 12:26 AM
AL, I thought I was the only one who got DELEATED!! Don't feel so bad,did clean up my language,BUT the TRUTH about this town that I NOSE and speak my piece (sarcastic or not) should not be DELEATED!! People on PATCH need to NOSE the TRUTH,and the TRUTH HURTS SOMETIMES!! Any comments Dan? I NOSE your listening.
Warren June 03, 2012 at 01:54 AM
The Wayne Republican Party runs this town like the Politburo. They have started their smear campaign against the new counter Republican Party. Hopefully, some of these counter party folks will win some seats on the County Committee. It looks like the establishment party didn't think they would have to lift a finger to campaign. The new party must be gaining traction, resulting in the smear campaign.
Nose Wayne June 03, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Warren,As it gets closer to the primaries, the mud slinging and back stabbing gets worse!! Can't wait till it's over. The New Republican against the Old Republician?Maybe they can CHANGE for the better?
Justice June 03, 2012 at 04:22 AM
What was that song: old boss is the same as the new boss? A one party system is incestuous and should be illegal.

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