Union/Morris Budget Comparison – 2016

Back at nj.com I did comparisons for 2008,  2009 and 2010 of the Union and Morris County budgets and did 2011, 2013, and 2015 here.  Both counties serve about 500,000 people though Morris, with a larger land mass and a county library, seems to do it for a lot less. Here is the 2016 update comparing the budgets introduced by Morris County last month and Union County* last week:

OVERVIEW………………….….UNION………………….MORRIS
Total Appropriations…………..505,624,322…………..340,650,110
Less: Surplus…………………..(22,250,000)………….(23,957,682)
Less: State/Fed Revenue……(111,809,556)………….(72,191,299)
Less: County Revenue….……(26,290,000)………….(19,116,530)
Amt. Raised by Taxation……..345,274,766…………..225,384,599

APPROPRIATIONS DETAIL…..UNION………………….MORRIS
Salaries……………………….169,771,755……………107,941,105
Debt Service……………………63,456,556…………….40,094,225
Insurance……………………….72,634,158…………….44,537,837
Social Security…………………11,300,000………………7,109,443
Pensions……………………….28,597,530……………..14,263,875
Other Expenses……………..159,864,323……………115,585,931
TOTAL………………………..505,624,322……………329,532,416

Further comparing 2008 to 2015 we see both budgets going up by about 12% over that period but in the amount to be raised by taxation one county has a blip.

Total Budget…………………….UNION………………….MORRIS
2008……………………………..437,757,959…………..294,298,045
2016……………………………..505,624,322…………..340,650,110
$ Change………………………..+67,866,363…………..+46,352,065
Percentage Change…………….+15.50%…..…….…….+15.75%

Taxes…………………………….UNION………………….MORRIS
2008……………………………..251,657,663…………..193,480,382
2016……………………………..345,274,766…………..225,384,599
$ Change………………………..+93,617,103…………..+31,904,217
Percentage Change…………….+37.20%…..…….…….+16.49%

Note that Morris County also uses their Open Space tax (which they routinely cut) to acquire open space. Compare that to Union County which consistently raids their Open Space ‘Trust’ Fund for their regular budget and plans to continue as long as they can get away with it.

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* Hard copies on legal paper and in a bound book of the Union County introduced budget are out and the numbers in this blog are based on that budget but there is no pdf yet on ucnj.org so here is the Union Copunty Executive Budget with slightly different numbers.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bpaterson on April 22, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Thnx JB1 for the ongoing comps. I didn’t know you had done the earlier 2009 etc comps on NJcom. Live and learn.

    Neither county suddenly had a huge burden placed on them where they have to spend inordinate amounts of money. Sure there may be some disparities in higher program costs for UC, but UC has elizabeth and MC has Morristown, but both receives state and fed aid to a good degree to offset the social program costs. Nothing can really justify why UC’s taxation goes up nearly $100 million in this time. UC even sold runnels so that saves them $15 million in operation drain. Still the UC taxes climb.

    Make no bones about reading this eye-opener: incompetence, inefficiency, profligacy and outright idiocy and corruption costs a lot of money as the watchdogs are chronicling year after year. The residents should come to these UC freeholder meetings to behold the idiocy being acted on by the idiots who should not be in government controlling over a HALF BILLION DOLLAR BUDGET. Chalk it up to bad politics where party bosses rule and party base voting and self serving take priority over integrity. I still want to know why a business administrator of a town is controlling and overseeing the union county budget process????

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  2. […] for 2008,  2009 and 2010 of the Union and Morris County budgets and did 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2016 here.  Both counties serve about 500,000 people though Morris, with a larger land mass and a […]

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