The Town Council raised the dog license fees to $15 – $18, depending on whether the dog is neutered or not and change the current food handlers permit fee from $0 to $50. This came after a discussion which revealed that Jefferson’s fees were lower than other towns in the area.
Although there is now a fee for food handlers permits, Council members believed this shouldn’t affect any of the vendors at the Farmer’s Market and will only apply to vendors at temporary events in town such as the carnival or Jefferson Fest. An ordinance will now be prepared in accordance with these new fees and will be voted on at the next meeting.
The Town Council also passed a motion to name Mayor Russell Felter as an alternate for the Lake Hopatcong Commission.
Each of the councilmen gave reports about the different events going on around town. Most of them attended the 70th Anniversary of the American Legion Post 423 and the League of Municipalities meeting, which was held in Jefferson for the first time in years.
President Debi Merz announced that the finance subcommittee will now use a method called zero-based budgeting. This process will create a budget where every single expense must be justified. She hopes that this will limit or prevent any tax increases in the years to come.
Merz reminded the audience in attendance about other events coming up in town as well. These events included Jefferson Fest on July 8 and free summer concerts at the gazebo every Friday night at 7 p.m.