Wharton Mayor Frustrated by Budget Challenges

By Marie DeNoia Aronsohn

The state’s new two percent property tax cap and a push for towns to consolidate services have put new pressures on municipal leaders who are facing tough budget challenges.  The long-time mayor of Wharton Borough in Morris County is expressing frustration.  William Chegwidden says state lawmakers are disconnected from the realities of running towns and explains his own budget philosophy.  Wharton’s seven million dollar budget will come in under the cap with a one million dollar “fund balance” to spare.

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