Bergen Freeholders Pass 0 Increase Budget
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, July 11 2014 @ 06:17 AM EDT
Reduces County Executive’s Proposed Budget by $7.4 million
On Wednesday, July 9th the Bergen County Freeholder Board has passed a 0 % change in taxes for the 2014 county budget. The Freeholders were able to cut close to $7.4 million from the County Executive’s original proposed budget and tax roll. This marks the second year in a row the Freeholders were able to trim the proposed budget, after cutting $2.3 million dollars in 2013.
Through a rigorous line by line examination which spanned the first 5 months of the year and more than 20 departmental hearing, the Freeholders were able to identify and enact cuts in the County Executive’s budget. Every department head in the administration was called in front of the Budget Committee, which was led by Budget Chairman and Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (Fair Lawn). Over the course of the process each department was asked to justify and defend every tax dollar they were spending. The budget was posted online so it could be examined by the public.
Highlights of the budget include the process of restoring funding to Bergen Community College, which had been slashed by $5 million dollars by the County Executive in 2011 and 2012. The budget also incorporated $500,000 in newly realized revenue from the Sheriff’s department and the innovative use of recurring revenue from county trust funds which had largely been unused in previous years.
The final budget vote was a 6-1 bi-partisan vote. The Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders has a membership which is comprised of five Democrats and two Republicans. Freeholders who voted in favor were Chairman David L. Ganz (D-Fair Lawn), Dr. Joan Voss (D-Fort Lee), John Felice (R-River Edge), Steve Tanelli (D-North Arlington), James Tedesco (D-Paramus) and Tracy Zur (D-Franklin Lakes). Freeholder Maura DeNicola (R-Franklin Lakes) voted against the budget.
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