Woodbridge To Hold Elections For Fire Budgets, Commissioners

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WOODBRIDGE—On Saturday, Woodbridge Township’s fire districts will hold elections for commissioners and budgets.

In Woodbridge Fire District No. 1, Commissioner Ken Gardner is running for re-election against Ken Horvath. The proposed budget is $7,682,360 with $5,915,123 to be raised through taxes.

Commissioner Joseph Zullo is running unopposed for re-election in Port Reading Fire District No. 2. The proposed budget is $1,766,349 with $1,575,269 to be raised through taxes.

Three men are running for two 3-year terms in Keasbey District No. 4. Commissioner Martin Klose is seeking re-election. Michael Hughes and Robert Pawul are also running. Dwayne P. Jensen is running unopposed for the remaining year of an unexpired term.

The proposed budget is $539,375, with $404,533 to be raised through taxes. There is also a separate vote to issue $650,000 in bonds to acquire a fire vehicle and install the ladder and bucket from a 1971 fire vehicle the department currently owns but is unable to operate.

In Avenel’s District No. 5, Commissioner Dean Manente and Andrew Mazzarella are running unopposed for two 3-year terms and municipal clerk John Mitch is running unopposed for the final year of an unexpired term.

The total proposed budget is $1,839,791, with a tax levy of $1,534,388. It is a $23,238 reduction from the previous budget.

Commissioners Dennis Henry and William Kazawic are unopposed in their re-election bids in Fords Fire District No. 7. The proposed budget is $2,227,770, with a tax levy of $1,573,981.

In Hopelawn Fire District No. 8, commissioners Robert Gillespie and Michael Solovey are running unopposed for re-election. The total proposed budget is $636,106, with $599,871 to be raised through taxes.

Commissioners Francis Barber and Stephen Larko are running unopposed for re-election in Iselin’s Fire District No. 9. The total proposed budget is $2,280,129 with $1,807,806 to be raised through taxes.

In Colonia Fire District No. 12, Commissioner Jim Susan is running unopposed for re-election. The proposed tax levy is $1,447,725.

Voters will also choose commissioners and decide budget issues in Iselin Fire District No. 11. A light turnout is expected.


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