Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Mayor Calls for Cuts to Spending

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Mayor Calls for Cuts to Spending

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ENGLEWOOD — Mayor Frank Huttle is calling on the city to enact immediate spending cuts to prevent this year's municipal budget from costing the owner of an average home an additional $382 in property taxes.

The proposed budget, outlined in a memo by City Manager Ed Hynes, calls for a 7.4 percent tax increase to support a $66 million budget that is facing a $1.1 million, or nearly 10 percent, revenue drop from last year. The deficit is slightly less than what the city spent on its Parks and Recreation Department last year.

"Englewood taxpayers simply cannot afford another year of higher property taxes thanks to reckless spending," Huttle wrote in a statement. "It's time for the city to reduce spending and increase municipal revenue by encouraging a responsible economic growth plan in accordance with the Master Plan that was adopted in 2014. …

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