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South Amboy Passes 2016 Budget

By: Joseph L. Kuchie

SOUTH AMBOY – The city of South Amboy passed its 2016 budget at last Monday’s city business meeting.

The $17.2 million budget was unanimously approved 3-0 by Councilman Tom Reilly, Councilwoman Christine Noble, and Council President Mickey Gross. Councilman Don Applegate and Councilwoman Zusette Dato were not in attendance.

City Auditor Gary Higgins presented his review of the budget to the council before the vote, noting that the city had a very positive financial outcome at the end of 2015 which led to a surplus of $1.5 million. He also mentioned that the city’s assessed value increased from last year and the municipal tax rate will only increase by 1.6 percent.

A public hearing was held for the budget before the council’s vote, but no residents were in attendance. The original business meeting scheduled for May 4th was moved to Monday, May 9th and was open to the public.

Mayor Fred Henry praised the city and the council for working together to build a healthy budget for 2016.

“We had a very good year in 2015 and looking forward to another good year in 2016,” Mayor Fred Henry said. “It’s just accumulation of all the work everyone has been doing all along, and as I said before when we work together good things happen. “

The next city council meeting will be May 18th at 7:00 p.m.

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