Chester Township voted to increase its budget by $5,044.34, in 1938. According to the Mendham-Chester Tribune, new road equipment and the purchase of a site for the new Township Hall counted for $4,000 of the tax increase. Other items, such as a $50 appropriation to the Boy Scouts and a recreational program at Borough Hall made up the remainder of the budget.
In 1955, the new school budget of $180,026.50 passed, up almost $48,000 over the previous year’s appropriations. Local taxes would be increased a total of $38,000 to pay for the new budget. The lion’s share of the increase was attributed to increased transportation costs. Source: The Mendham-Chester Tribune.