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Council Voting on Ridgewood's Budget Tuesday Night

Last chance for the public to speak on $45 million budget Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Village Hall.

Council Voting on Ridgewood's Budget Tuesday Night

Village officials will be giving the public one shot to speak on the before its likely passage on Tuesday, June 26.

The will see the average resident with a house assessed at $794,550 pay an additional $131 in municipal taxes next year, a 3.8 percent increase.

The council has taken a deliberate approach in its budget crafting, holding numerous departmental budget meetings and weaning down from a .

Officials say no layoffs are expected at Village Hall with the 2012 budget, and also point to the . No unanticipated closures are expected at the library in 2012-2013.

Councilwoman Bernadette Walsh voted against introducing the budget in late May, saying she disagreed with some of the appropriations, wanted more time to analyze the figures, and was suspicious on projections regarding tax appeal liabilities.

Officials have a reassessment planned in 2012 to mitigate some of the losses, which hit $1.4 million in the past year.

The hearing begins in the on the fourth floor of Village Hall at 7 p.m.

It will be the last meeting for the current council. Councilman Steve Wellinghorst elected not to run for office and Mayor Keith Killion finished fourth in a race for three seats.

Gwenn Hauck and Albert Pucciarelli will join Councilman Paul Aronsohn in by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ). The incoming trio campaigned on using a 'zero-based budgeting approach' starting in 2013.

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