2016 Executive Budget Calls for $11 Million in More Taxes

As introduced by County Manager Al Faella at the 2/18/16 freeholder meeting:
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This 2016 executive budget calls for a 3.25% increase in county taxes from $335,283,323 to $346,172,993, which also happens to be the maximum that taxes can go up under the 1977 Cap calculation after utilization of $4,664,867 of the 2014 Cap bank:

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A little history:

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on February 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    i’m just waiting for them to finally admit, “ya know, corruption costs money”.

    This $11 million comes on top of the $8 mill last year along with the $13 million they saved in operating costs from the disposal of runnels last year. 11+8+13=$32 million tax increase on the residents.

    $32m/$327mill 2014 budget=10% tax increase over 2 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    are they that much of incompetent dumbasses?

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  2. Posted by RichFortunato on February 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Bruce, I think it is more likely that they just don’t care. I don’t think they are incompetent in the sense that they don’t realize that their policies result in increased spending and higher taxes. It’s that they don’t face any effective opposition for continuing to raise taxes as much as they do every year. Even when they manage to cut operating expenses in some areas as they did last year with Runnels, they still increase spending in other areas and raise taxes. Only when more voters realize that they are paying for this in their monthly mortgage escrow payment, monthly rent payments and lost job opportunities and/or lower salaries if they work in Union County, maybe we’ll get some change.

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  3. Posted by ReadsLikeAMafiaBook on February 24, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    The freeloaders know they can rely on the low information voters in Linden, Elizabeth, Plainfield, etc.

    Raise it by 100 million and they still win.

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  4. Posted by Edgar Torres on February 29, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I am concerned with the way taxes are levied in Union County.
    I recently attended an Elizabeth Council Meeting and expressed my disdain at the continual tax hikes that occur every single year. The City blamed the County and Board of Education.
    I don’t agree with that as the sole cause. Elizabeth continually grants abatements to corporations and low income housing developers on the backs of the tax payer. I was upset that the only people at the City Council meeting to voice concerns was myself.
    The Council President didn’t even have the courtesy to address me when I spoke. He made me wait for the answer to my question after a lawyer got up after me to argue for adjournment on an abatement.

    Once the Council President addressed my question, I was unable to rebut his lie of an explanation.
    What can I do as a tax payer. City Council and County meetings seem meaningless. The politicians continually do what they want.
    Thanks,

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  5. Posted by Brian Keane on March 8, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I see Freeholder Alex Mirabella has gained all his weight back…nice to know some people keep the weight off when they lose it

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