Ed Irving is right on this one:

Councilman wants new way to review budget

Irving is right to suggest a change from the Dowden Administration practice.

Basically, what he is saying is that the Council should be presented with information in a general or summarized form, with variances year-over-year. This is a little different than throwing Council a line-item budget, and letting them figure it out.

Fact is, it is Council that does the appropriation, and it’s Council that sets the spending policy—-not the mayor! Under the Faulkner Act, the mayor is supposed to propose a budget to Council. But the ultimate end say is with Council.

There are not five budget experts on Council, and so it’s silly to hand them an accountant’s budget.

Anything that can get the Bridgewater public to understand Township Council’s power and responsibility, I’m all for.