Montclair May Face Double-Digit Tax Hike


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The budget pain just keeps getting worse for Montclair. First, its residents were hit with a school spending plan that cuts 82 positions from classes, administration and after-school activities. On Tuesday, they got the bad news about the municipal budget.

Montclair faces a $5.1 million gap and, to close it, the township manager has drafted a plan that–hold on to your seats–would raise taxes 11%. According to the Star Ledger, the budget would cut 13 employees and more than $1 million in funding for programs such as pre-k classes, libraries, the Montclair Arts Council, outdoor concerts, the Fourth of July parade and First Night. You can read all about it here.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Now back in Verona, she contributes to a variety of publications and Web sites, and consults on social media. In Verona, she serves on the Verona Environmental Commission and HBW SCA, and has been part of many other civic and religious groups in town. A graduate of Rutgers University’s Environmental Stewards program, she has also run an after-school program on the environment for elementary school children here. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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