Essex County budget hearings underway

Supervisors look to finalize spending plan

— The board has until Dec. 20 to approve a budget. If it does not, it will by default accept the tentative budget with a 62-percent increase. That news surprised supervisors who had worked on the budget committee.

"So what was the use of the budget committee," Politi questioned.

"The board could have taken the reccomendations of the budget committee and the public hearing and vote on that for a tentative budget, but that did not happen," County Attorney Dan Manning said.

Politi said that in order to reach a concensus on the budget, everyone would have to sacrifice.

"We have people who believe in no cuts and people who believe in getting under the tax cap, but if we are going to come to a concensus, then everyone is going to be unhappy," Politi said.

The Valley News will be at the Essex County Board of Supervisors special meeting throughout the day.

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