By DON STINE
Ocean Township’s new Deputy Mayor William Garofalo said last week that taxpayers can expect no increase in the municipal budget this year.
“We have weathered the (budget) storm and cost-saving measures we put in place are paying off. I am confident we will have a flat tax this year,” he said.
“I think the tides have turned and I am happy and confident that we are going forward,” he said.
Mayor Christopher Siciliano has previously stated that a flat tax rate is one of the main goals under his administration.
Ocean Township’s current municipal tax rate is $2.22 for each $100 of assessed valuation.
Garofalo, who has been on the governing body for eight years, was sworn-in as Deputy Mayor at the Jan. 22 Township Council meeting.
Siciliano called Garofalo “one of the very-valued members” of the council and has a “depth and breadth of experience.”
“He has a lot of municipal government background and we are glad to have him here,” he said.
Garofalo thanked the council for their faith in him and said he will serve to the best of his ability.