UCCF 3/14/19: County Manager’s Political Second Job

It was alleged at the last freeholder meeting:
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Based on available information:

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More Open Space Tax Theft

The theft continues as money raised by the Open Space tax is diverted to the county budget:

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2019 Executive Budget Calls for $7.2 Million in More Taxes

This 2019 executive budget calls for a 2% increase in county taxes from $360,978,181.27 to $368,197,744.88. A history of Union County taxes (excluding the Open Space theft) since 2001:

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Lawyer Fees Going Up

2019-169: Amending Resolution 2019-17 adopted January 6, 2019 to add the Law Firm of Florio, Perrucci, Steinhardt & Cappelli, LLC, of Rochelle Park, NJ to the approved list of Qualified Litigation Defense Counsel, for the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

2019-170: Amending Resolution 2018-1128 adopted December 20, 2018 to add the Law Firm of Purcell, Mulcahy & Flanagan to the approved list of Qualified Labor/Personnel Counsel for the period of January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

Route 22 Bridge To Be Replaced

This is what the bridge looks like now:
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2019-160:Authorizing the County Manager to enter into a Jurisdictional Agreement Number 4834 between the County of Union and the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation associated with the Route 22 Chestnut Street Bridge Replacement Improvements, County of Union, New Jersey. The Improvements will affect Chestnut Street (CR619) and West Chestnut Street (CR626), Township of Union.

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According to a handout that was provided at a public meeting in Union over the summer construction should begin January, 2020 with these improvements:

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Buying That Second Home On a Politician’s Salary

Former Freeholder Linda Stender tried to get that dream house down on the Jersey shore but ran into a little trouble.
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A current freeholder apparently worked it out by thinking smarter – and bigger (except possibly for property taxes when compared to Union County).
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UCIA Cashes In

The Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) needs cash to pay off bond debt from the solar panel fiasco and for political payoffs. One way to get it:

2019-172: Resolution authorizing the County Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union County Improvement Authority (the Authority) to solicit proposals from qualified entities for the Lease or Purchase of the Union County Juvenile Detention Facility and directing the Authority to deliver an amended Exhibit A to the Lease Purchase Agreement to include professional and other services and related work in connection with this undertaking, in an amount not to exceed $325,000.

What will the UCIA be doing for their $325,000?

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