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Watch Parsippany Mayor, Council Spar Over Budget Issues

'Rough decisions' ahead of governing body after denial of cap bank ordinance.

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The ongoing bickering that has plagued the Parsippany Mayor and Council in recent years continued at a recent special meeting, but this time it has spilled over and will impact the residents.

For most of the 40-minute meeting held May 6, which can be viewed in its entirety above, Mayor James Barberio and councilman Louis Valori and council President Paul Carifi, Jr. sparred over the future of the town's budget and the situation now faced by the governing body after the establishment of a cap bank was voted down.

Councilmen Brian Stanton and Michael dePierro approved the motion, but the majority of Valori, Carifi, and Robert Peluso denied it. Without the cap bank, Parsippany is now forced to keep all its expenditures for the new budget inside the 2-percent tax levy increase, rather than moving certain expenses, including healthcare costs for municipal employees, outside the mandated increase limit, which is allowed by law.

The township will now have to make "really rough decisions," according to business department, and look for places to cut. 

One resident was particularly perturbed after the vote was taken, telling the entire administration it was doing a "S----y job" and that Barberio needs to be more concerned about the township. She then implored the governing body to "protect the residents, not yourselves."

The Parsippany Mayor and Council's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the municipal building.
Bob Crawford May 15, 2014 at 08:11 AM
Councilman diPierro spoke for Parsippany when he said that "I think this is a disgrace" as he referred to the Town Council's and Administration's ongoing self serving and pompous dithering. Rome continues to burn and our elected leaders remain consumed by their pathetic need to hear themselves babble on incoherently. Neither the Republican faction on the Council nor the Republican Administration appears able to put aside personal animosities to protect Parsippany's fiscal integrity. Perhaps it's time for Mr. John Sette to enter the picture and use his good office to bang some heads together and to restore order to Parsippany's Republican Party. Today's disgrace will become tomorrow's disaster sooner rather than later and Parsippany deserves better
Nicholas Robert Homyak May 15, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Is there fiscal integrity, when imposed austerity measures take from the common; rather than imposing tax increases on the wealthy; a progressive tax. This; you can Thank your Governor. Those who can afford to pay more; pay less. I'd like to see our Open Space Tax Monies Back in the Clear. If people want tax cuts then they must contribute small efforts in the community like keeping the streets clean near their properties. The Disunited States of North America.
Sick of the Bull May 15, 2014 at 04:42 PM
We DO NOT under any circumstances need to purchase the Vigilante property!

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