This Day In History: 1959-02-19
On a straight party-line vote the Township Budget was passed three to two. The $636,324 proposal up $27,454 over the previous year was supported by Republican Mayor over the previous year was supported by Republican Mayor Norris Ruddick and Committeemen Bruce Sockman and John Brennan. Democrats Vincent Blefary and Janet Herlihy opposed the budget largely because most of the rise in municipal expenses was concealed by the use of surplus funds from the past. The lack of surplus funds in the future, said Blefray, would result in large tax increases in the years to come. They also questioned various items in the budget, particularly the capital improvements. The majority insisted that much of the increase represented higher municipal wages, made necessary to keep them comparable to those in neighboring communities. The capital improvement budget included $55,000 for widening Valley Road, $8,000 for improvements in the Masonicus Fire House and $25,000 to build sidewalks along Ridge Road leading to the High School.