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Madison Council Approves Estimated Third-Quarter Tax Installment

Liz Keill

Monday, June 9, 2014 • 11:16pm

MADISON, NJ - Borough Council on Monday night approved an estimated tax levy of $60,863,279. This is the third installment of 2014 taxes, which would not be subject to interest until Aug. 10, or the 25th day after the estimated tax bill mailing.

Chief Financial Officer Robert Kalafut said the school tax is $37 million and Morris County would see an increase of 1.24 percent. “We can’t send the tax bill until the state budget is complete,” Kalafut said.

In other business, Police Chief Darren Dachisen requested purchase of a third vehicle at a cost of $26,756.

“Before the economic downswing, we purchased three vehicles per year. Now that is reduced to one a year,” Dachisen said. Because of that, he said, it drives up the mileage. The vehicle will be purchased from Hilham Ford in Easton, Pa., which has a lower cost than the county or state cooperative pricing counsels. The council approved the purchase from the borough’s capital fund.

The council also adopted a resolution to purchase software from Dell Marketing for $20,613. Network administrator Jim Sanderson said needs have expanded and the software will provide more flexibility and will serve the borough more effectively. He said police email is not allowed to be stored in Cloud technology. In the future, he said, he sees possibilities for shared services. “We’ll continue to research it,” he said. Wi-Fi will be installed later this week.

Finance Chairman Ben Wolkowitz said payments on the Green Village Road project include a $1 million deposit, $70,000 in escrow and $1,700 in administrative fees. “We’re on track with this project,” he said. Wolkowitz also said solar legislation has been released by the state and several sites in Madison are being considered. “This will reduce our energy rates and ensure a future supply.”

Earlier in the evening, with the 69th anniversary of D-Day having just passed, Mayor Robert Conley called for a moment of silence to recall World War II veterans who have died.

Gerentology Nurse Sandra Fileo was given a proclamation and a bouquet of roses for her years of service. Many in the audience shook hands with her and thanked her for her contributions and the lives she has touched through Senior Health Services and other community organizations. 

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