By: Joseph L. Kuchie
SOUTH AMBOY – The South Amboy city council adopted a resolution introducing the 2017 Budget at last Tuesday’s city council meeting.
The budget includes a $661,000 surplus and just a one cent tax increase, which on the average home is approximately $26.60.
“I think it shows a very efficiently run working government in South Amboy,” Mayor Fred Henry said. “We work within our means…it shows this government in South Amboy is working in the best interest of the citizens of South Amboy.”
The city will hold a public budget hearing before approving the final budget. The date of that meeting has yet to be announced.
Councilman Tom Reilly announced that he is working with the South Amboy Board of Education on a co-op program that will allow South Amboy High School students to work within the city’s government. Reilly believes the program, which he hopes will launch in September, would be a great benefit for students.
“They would spend a few days a week integrating into positions in the city,” Reilly said. “I they gain valuable experience… it shows the city is extending itself to the Board of Education…I just think the benefits are just enormous for this program.”
With the weather improving in South Amboy, multiple council members reminded the public of some important events coming up in the city, including:
• April 22: Opening Day for Little League
• April 22: Historical Society Open House
• May 21: Memorial Day Parade
• July 3: Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Councilwoman Christine Noble also reminded drivers to be cautious of children at play throughout the city as the weather heats up in New Jersey.
Councilwoman Zusette Dato was not in attendance for the meeting. Tuesday’s meeting was rescheduled due to a lack of quorum on the meeting’s original date of April 19th.
The next city business meeting will be held on May 3rd at 6:00 p.m. The next city council meeting will be held on May 17th at 7:00 p.m.