Byram approves audit

Township following solid plan for future


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  • Ray Sarinelli, of Nisvoccia LLP, gives a presentation to the Byram Council June 16 in Byram.



By Alley Shubert

— Ray Sarinelli, of Nisvoccia LLP, presented an approval of the annual audit at Byram Township’s council meeting Monday, June 16.

The township was able to regenerate money from the budget’s previous year with over $80,000 reserved, according to the 2013 audit.

This included other sources of revenue put back into surplus for additional money in snow removal and employee sick and vacation time, as well as funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Councilman Scott Olson asked Sarinelli how the township seemd to be doing.

“$40,000 back in the budget would make life easier,” Sarinelli said, in regard to the township’s decision to return money back to the public. “Things have been stable for some time.”

One concern of Sarinelli’s is that Byram doesn't have a full-time chief financial officer and tax collector, he said.

“We tragically lost our tax clerk due to a sudden illness, and I want to pass on my condolences to the family who are residents of the town,” said Township Manager Joe Sabatini.

“The pool of candidates who are becoming our CFO are pretty low right now,” said Sarinelli. “Finding a CFO and tax collector in today’s market would be very lucky. It is about finding the right person for the right pay in Byram Township.”

Currently, there is one individual is temporarily working both positions.

Olson went on to thank Sarinelli and Sabatini for their hard work with the audit.

“With your help, we were able to keep tax increase on a minimum, pay down short-term debt, and increase our reserves in tough, economic times,” Olson said.

Sarinelli said that the township is within their budget and following a solid plan for the financial future.

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