‘Flattened’ borough budget cuts tax increase

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The Borough of Lavallette's municipal building. PHOTO BY THE OCEAN STAR

LAVALLETTE — The borough council approved a $9.4 million municipal budget with no increase on taxpayers last Tuesday, during a virtual public hearing initially scheduled for May 3 but canceled due to technical difficulties.

The 2021-2022 budget initially featured a fractional increase to the local tax levy when introduced before the council in early April. However, Councilwoman Joanne Filippone, who is up for reelection in November, pressed for the elimination of the increase.

“We’re talking about one-tenth of a percent, $8 per household … I think we can find $25,000 someplace and flatten this budget out,” Councilwoman Filippone said at the April budget introduction.

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Borough auditor Bob Oliwa, of Oliwa & Company, delivered an overview of the budget prior to its adoption on Tuesday.

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