- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - Council members in New Jersey’s third-largest city have voted down the mayor’s budget, but approved a temporary appropriation that sends about 1,200 nonessential employees back to work for at least the month.

NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1TPT85G ) an amended budget for the remainder of fiscal year 2016 was rejected 5-4 at a special meeting Tuesday in Paterson.

Municipal employees were forced to stay home Tuesday amid a budget showdown between the mayor and city council. Mayor Joey Torres says the city saved $225,000 by shutting down for the day. The shutdown affected school crossing guards, street-cleaning, after-school recreation programs and senior citizen services in Paterson.

About 453 police officers, firefighters, municipal court and sanitation employees were still working Tuesday.

Council members rejected Torres’ budget last month over a 6.1 percent tax increase.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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