Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Passaic County Budget Ok'd

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Passaic County Budget Ok'd

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The Passaic County freeholders adopted a $414 million budget Tuesday that raises taxes 2 percent despite some outcry from the public over a smaller-than-expected sheriff's budget and a plan to hire assistants for the freeholders.

The Sheriff's Department asked for $68.4 million to hire 18 new employees. The county, however, agreed to $65.4 million to keep staffing at 695. That is about a 4 percent increase from last year, not counting the added millions to pay officers retroactive salary bumps stretching back to 2007.

Still, local police chiefs and others feared cuts to the sheriff's office would further diminish police presence on Paterson streets and the specialty services, such as the bomb squad, that serve municipalities around the county.

"Their help is invaluable," said West Milford Police Chief Gino Chiosie, who relies on county officers to transport prisoners.

Sheriff Richard Berdnik said his office was not getting the budget it needs but will work with the county and municipalities to find areas to tighten. …

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