Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Budget Talks Start

The City Council began deliberations on the FY 2008 budget Tuesday, hearing from Public Safety Director Martin Hellwig, Fire Chief Cecil Allen and Police Chief Edward Santiago.

Salaries and wages for the two public safety divisions are the city's largest costs. The Police Division budget for FY 2007 was $13,713,507. The budget request is for $12,856,778, a decrease of $856,729. The Fire Division's adopted budget last year was $8,315,167 and the request for this year is $8,801,743, for an increase of $486,576.

The meeting started with a discussion of the schedule for subsequent meetings. A legal notice in the Courier News and Star-Ledger was erroneous, as was a large notice about a budget hearing. There will be no meeting Thursday as listed in the ad. The next meeting will be Oct. 9 in City Hall Library, then Oct. 23 in the teachers' cafeteria at Plainfield High School and the last one Oct. 30 in City Hall Library. All are from 7 to 9 p.m.

The budget hearing will not be Oct. 17, as noted in the other ad, but will most likely be in November, after the city finds out how much extraordinary state aid is allotted.

I will have to do a follow-up story on highlights of the budget discussion a little later, when I have time to go over my notes. Please check back later.

--Bernice Paglia


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