It seems my prior efforts to bring transparancy to the municipal buget process continues to have a lasting impact on the Township Committee. Prior to 2006, the Committe was reluctant to set a tax increase target prior to developing the municipal budget. It seems times have changed as Washington Township Mayor Ken Short has publically stated an intention to not to have a (2010) tax increase of zero, but realistically to keep it at 2.5 percent. Now that Short has named a 2.5% municipal tax increase as a benchmark, let's all wish him well in meeting it.
I'll be watching and providing weekly updates on the Committee's progress beginning in January.