City council adopts temporary budget

The $52 million placeholder allows the city to operate until the actual budget is passed

The city council met virtually via TetherView on Jan. 4.
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The city council met virtually via TetherView on Jan. 4.

On Jan. 4, the Bayonne City Council passed a resolution adopting a $52,329,312.85 temporary budget.

The city’s fiscal year starts on the first day of the calendar year, Jan. 1. The temporary budget allows the city to award contracts and make payments among other things before the actual budget is passed later in the year.

In July, the council adopted a $143 million budget.

This is the second year the city has passed a temporary budget. According to the resolution, the temporary appropriations may not exceed 26.25 percent of the previous year’s budget, excluding debt service, capital improvements, and public assistance.

he 2021 temporary budget appropriations totals $52,329,312.85, including $24,127,246.15 for debt service. Also included in the temporary budget is $618,648 for the Parking Utility.

The amounts required by statute for the payment of 2021 County and School taxes are not included as part of the temporary budget and will be paid when due.

The meeting was almost record-breakingly short, less than five minutes. The temporary budget was the only item on the agenda, and no residents spoke for or against it.

The council adopted the temporary budget unanimously.

Garbage and recycling collection

On Dec. 29, the council met to address garbage and recycling collection. The contract was awarded to A + L Disposal LLC, and an emergency recycling contract was awarded to Joseph Smentkowski Inc.

The old garbage and recycling collection contracts expired Dec. 31. Bidding is ongoing, but in the meantime, the city is ensuring that garbage and recyclables will be collected.

Recently, the city adopted a new garbage and recycling pickup schedule: Zone 1 runs from 1st Street through 16th Street, including Broadway; Zone 2 runs from 16th Street to 30th Street, including Broadway, Prospect Avenue, Avenue F, and Harbor Pointe; Zone 3 runs from 30th Street to 63rd Street, including County Village and all other thoroughfares between 30th and 31st Streets.

In Zone 1, regular garbage pickups will take place on Mondays and Thursdays, and recycling pickups will take place on Thursdays. In Zone 2, regular garbage pickups will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays, and recycling pickups will take place on Thursdays. In Zone 3, regular garbage pickups will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and recycling pickups will take place on Wednesdays.

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