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Township Council Approves $12 Million Budget

A decrease in school taxes will counter a 1.5 percent increase in the municipal tax levy this year.

The Washington Township Council approved a $12.3 million budget for the year during their meeting Monday night.

The budget comes with a $9.4 million tax levy, an increase of about 1.52 percent from last year, but council members cut about $260,000 between the time the budget was introduced and when it was approved, according to Council President Richard Hrbek.

Hrbek credited Vice President Joseph D'Urso with making many of the cuts.

"I didn't want to raise our taxes by more than $100 per household," D'Urso said. "I wish I could lower it more, but I'm happy with what we did."

The average Washington Township home, assessed at $540,000, will see an increase of $54 in their municipal taxes this year. However, the average home will see a total decrease of about $8 because this year.

In Westwood, residents in the average home assessed at $398,000 will see an increase of $40 for their municipal taxes and $238 for their school taxes.

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