UCCF 4/14/16: Getting Voter Approval For Theft

2016-313: Resolution requesting the County Clerk to print upon the official ballot for the general election, to be held on November 8, 2016, a referendum proposition authorizing the extension of the “Union County Open Spaced Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.”

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In the 2016 budget revenue is anticipated from:

Sheet 8A – Open Space-Parks Maintenance: $2,250,000
Sheet 8: Debt Service – Open Space: $4,464,841

Municipalities would likely prefer to use that $2.25 million to pay for maintenance of their own (instead of the county’s) parks and that $4.4 million is going to repay general debt of the county as there has been more than enough money collected through the Open Space tax (about $10 million annually since 2001) to pay for everything bought through it.

This is blatant theft by deception and the county is looking for the blessing of a willfully benighted electorate through a process with about as much credibility and dignity as….


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  1. Posted by bpaterson on April 15, 2016 at 11:33 am

    FH Kowalski spewing here BS is just plain evil, lying thru here teeth. Yes the OSTF was initiated and in the beginning did well, but then they loaded the fund up with so much debt and extraneous employee costs being paid out, it became corrupted as a slush fund for their operations, they couldn’t afford to do anything else positive with it starting from back in 2012 . What else is new with this corrupted county. But then to extend it under false pretenses as kowalskis BS speech. JB1 asked what was the last parcel bought…back in 2014 it was 1 acre. that’s all they can afford moving forward???? No, dear readers, they are lying to us to cover their own incompetence and failed finances. The real reason, and this is closer to the truth, why they need to “extend” (they lied about using the work “extension” even–its “permanent” not extended, you dumbass Bergen)…the reason is that they were caught with 10’s of million dollars of OSTF debt that they ran up from the past and that debt service actually goes 8-10 years past the sunset end of life of the fund in 2020, which is illegal….but hey its the county whatever they can get away with. There is the real reason, the state probably investigated recently and told them they have to rectify that illegality of debt service immediately, and the county has no recourse but to hoodwink the public into believing its so great we should “extend” it immediately…so now we know the question “why now” since its 3 years ahead of when it should be put to the people for vote. The state is forcing them to do something. Time to OPRA emails of them and whatever DLGS authority is involved in accusing them of illegally borrowing past the life of the fund. Dumbasses all, and now pathological liars to the public to boot. Pathetic leadership.

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  2. Posted by Walter Pommnitz on April 15, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I find this statement of the chairman to make the OSTF permanent absolutely insane! Not even suggesting extending it for another 20 years!These people are out of control and someone or somewhere there needs to have a higher authority, either in the state or federal level to scrutinize the dealings of this organization.
    I had my dealings with them with the stadium issue in Rahway park and they had no interest in what anyone had to say and would not comment on any questions asked of them. They had these meetings just to satisfy the question of was the public offered a chance to speak. The public really needs to know what they are spending our tax money on and how much of it is wasted by poor management.

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  3. Posted by ReadsLikeAMafiaBook on April 15, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Freeloader Bruce Bergen, Esq. has nothing even close to a taxpayer funded pension in his private practice … now he will … like linda Scanlon the scammer

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