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$74 Municipal Tax Increase Possible For Average Fair Lawn Homeowner

Fair Lawn officials presented a preliminary $47 million budget this week.

The Fair Lawn Municipal Building. File photo.
The Fair Lawn Municipal Building. File photo.
A preliminary $47,734,302 municipal budget proposed by Fair Lawn officials this week would include an annual tax increase of $74.45 for the average borough home assessed at $323,679, according to Borough Manager Jim Van Kruiningen.

The borough council will still have to review the full budget and may make changes before it's final. Officials scheduled a morning meeting for Saturday, Feb. 1 to go over the line-by-line budget with department heads.

The proposed budget includes an increase of $758,769 in appropriations over last year's budget, Van Kruiningen said. He and CFO Karen Palermo already cut more than $1.1 million from what was requested by the department heads. 

The proposed tax levy would increase by $907,933 compared to last year because of an anticipated drop in revenue and grants, Van Kruiningen said.

Officials listed their goals for the budget as maintaining current municipal services and an efficient work force, saving money where possible, strengthening safety in the community and planning for future budgets.
jim January 16, 2014 at 03:57 PM
so since we have had a "conservative" mayor and council our taxes have gone up twice, and we have hidden taxes such as the water fees and a massive increase in residential parking fees at the train station. yet when you drive around town the streets are in awful shape, the parks arent kept up well, and every day there is a new over sized eye sore of a building/ apartments going up. please just call yourselves democrats because you are far from conservative
Randy Feldman January 16, 2014 at 07:40 PM
Your progressive liberal scum agenda at work.
Michael Agosta January 17, 2014 at 09:24 AM
The damage was done in 2012 by the council majority at the time. They supported a change to the tax calculator after the reassessment. The tax calculation went from .02345 to .02945. That is a 25.6% increase. If your house was worth $400k before the reassessment and $300k after, your taxes decreased by about $540. You pay MORE for LESS. Commercial property took a 25% direct hit. Hence, all the "For Rent" signs on River Rd, Broadway, Fair Lawn Ave.
Michael Agosta January 17, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Another refresher: http://fairlawn-saddlebrook.patch.com/groups/politics-and-elections/p/minutes-show-shift-in-republican-opinion-on-2011-budget

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