159 Grant Comparisons

Grants are one of the most pernicious methods of spending tax money as local taxpayers have their priorities subsumed to those of the higher level of government. On top of that there is the uncertainty over whether those grants will come through each year making long-term planning tricky and, since most grant money usually comes in after budgets have been adopted, necessitating Chapter 159 Resolutions.

159 reports for 2016 have just been uploaded on the DCA website so we now have an idea of how much Union County and each municipality within the county got.

Whenever a grant comes in a resolution is supposed to be passed amending the budget for that year.  The last batch of these resolutions in Union County were passed last November:UC-grants

Then those resolutions get reported to the state and here are the totals for each county:

159-county summary
The $18,731,289 that Union County got from May through November, 2016 came from:


While municipalities reported the following for 2016:


New Providence and Rahway had no filing for 2016, the latest being 2015, and Hillside had no filing since 2013. The breakdown of where this money came from is in this spreadsheet as taken from the individual filings.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by readslikeamofiabook on February 2, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    What a waste of money … Plainfield, Elizabeth… I guess Hillside, Linden & Rahway sleeping or drinking at the wheel.

    Why do democrat-controlled cities need so much money?


  2. Posted by D. Davis on February 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    What these cities have in common is “Sanctuary ” or any other p.c. term used now. I wonder
    what these cities will do if Trump takes away Federal Funds. Homeowners better pay attention.


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