Borough manager Tom Metzler revealed on Tuesday that Fair Lawn was at a financial tipping point, needing to make up approximately $900,000 to balance next year's budget.
"There’s only three ways to offset that number without it having a tremendous impact," Metzler said. "It’s either increase revenue, deplete your surplus or cut services, that’s it. It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of to what degree."
A poll this week indicated that, among Patch readers, a vast majority prefer to cut services to make up next year's projected shortfall.
So I ask you, if the borough's financial situation forces it to cut services, what could you do without?
The limited number of options I've included in the poll below are not necessarily indicative of what the council may consider cutting -- if it cuts anything -- but are simply possibilities that have been discussed in passing -- either at council meetings or by Patch readers. Clearly, the cost savings from each cut would vary depending on what was cut.
Please let me know if there are any options you'd like me to add and feel free to share more complex suggestions (ones unable to conform to a line item in a poll) in the comments.