The heart of summer is always a fun time in Haddon Heights. Our Fourth of July Parade and festivities were a great success! I would like to thank all the volunteers involved in putting together another wonderful celebration. Council recently approved a Resolution forming a new subcommittee of the Civic Events Committee, chaired by former Police Chief Richard Kinkler, to find ways to enhance future Fourth of July celebrations. I look forward to the Committee’s ideas!
You should be receiving your tax bill if you have not already. Despite the increased costs we face as a borough, we were able to keep the municipal portion of your tax bill low, with a small increase of 1.5 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value this year. For example, on a home assessed at $250,000 translates to approximately $37.50 for the year. The maintenance of our infrastructure and the continuance of the level of services you are accustomed to requires careful budgeting. Be assured that we will continue to be fiscally responsible. You will note that your tax bill includes school district and county taxes. Your municipal government has no control over those rates. I was disappointed to hear that the state made a decision that resulted in a reduction to our school district’s state aid by approximately $35,000, just days before the school budget was to be finalized. I am sure our Board of Education will manage the issue however, I hope the state will restore this aid in the near future.
I’d like to thank Councilwoman Kathy Lange for another successful Summer Rec Program. This year, the program was filled to capacity every week, which is a testament to the high quality of the program. I have heard from many of you about how much your children enjoy the summer rec program, and we’re happy to be able to provide it. We would not be able to provide such a high quality, well organized Program without the dedication that Kathy Lange brings to her role.
Finally, you may have heard that Councilman Stephen Berryhill recently resigned from Council after seven and a half years of service. Councilman Berryhill’s departure is a true loss to our government. He is a man of solid character who was always dedicated to serving the town and its residents. I thank him for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors. I would also like to welcome Councilman Christopher Mrozinski, Councilman Berryhill’s appointed replacement. I look forward to working with Councilman Mrozinski along with everyone on Council to continue to ensure our town remains the special place that it is.
As always, or if you have any feedback or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Mayor Jack D. Merryfield