Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Freeholders expect final vote on first spending plan in 15 years to maintain stable tax levy.
Tuesday, March 26
The Morris County freeholders will hold a public hearing on the 2013 $311.1 million spending plan Wednesday evening. The budget, which was introduced in February, is the first in 15 years without a tax increase, as the amount to be raised by taxation — $217.9 million — is stable from 2012. “This budget reflects the first zero percent tax increase in 15 years,” said Freeholder Hank Lyon, chairman of the Freeholder Budget Sub-committee, in a release. “It gives the families and taxpayers of Morris County the relief they deserve.” The budget cuts expenses by more than $6 million and reduces spending by $2.3 million. Lyon said the 2013 budget continues to fund a wide variety of human and social service programs including mental health; …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to speak their minds to committee members.
Tuesday, February 5
The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders is asking for the public's input on the 2013 county budget currently being drafted and has invited members of the public and municipal leaders to share their opinions with the Budget Subcommittee. The subcommittee will be hosting a budget session on Feb. 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Knox Room, fifth floor, of the county Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown. "The freeholder’s budget committee has been meeting on a regular basis for nearly a year and is now in the process of formulating the final spending plan for introduction in the next few weeks," according to a press release sent by Joe Garifo, public information officer for the freeholders. Additionally…
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Eleven more flood-damaged township homes will be bought out by county to become open space.
The Morris County Board of Select Freeholders have given final approval for the buyout of 11 more severely flood-damaged homes so that they can become community open space. The move authorizes spending $540,510 to provide a 25 percent match for the Hurricane Irene Hazard Mitigation grant funds received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA’s 75 percent cost share totals $945,892 for these properties, said Jennifer McCulloch, coordinator of the Flood Mitigation Program. Between the federal and county efforts, Parsippany won't have to spend a cent in the buyout. The freeholders' Flood Mitigation Program, launched in the wake of 2011's Irene, helps municipalities purchase flood-prone houses from willing sellers and convert them …
Flat tax would be first time since 1998, Freeholder Hank Lyon says.
The recently reshuffled Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders has moved quickly on its first substantial piece of action, passing a resolution on a plan introduced just two weeks ago. Six of the Freeholders approved a resolution to seek a goal of no increase in county taxes for the 2013 budget, according to a press release from Freeholders John Krickus and Hank Lyon. Lyon, the budget committee chairman, presented the resolution to the board, saying “It’s important we give the taxpayers a break. We cannot freeze property taxes every year, but when we can we should freeze or cut property taxes,” according to the release. If the resolution holds true, this would be the first year since 1998 taxes did not increase at the county level, the …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Director said county plans not to increase taxes in 2013 while still providing 'essential services.'
Monday, January 14
Morris County property taxes fell .8 percent last year, the only county drop in the state, according to Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo. In a press release sent Monday, Mastrangelo, a Montville resident, credited Gov. Chris Christie and his administration for redirecting property taxes downward through legislation enacted during his tenure. "By enacting salary arbitration, health benefits, and pension reform, local government was given the tools to reduce property taxes and in Morris County we did," he said. Mastrangelo said the .8 percent figure was inclusive of local, school and county levies. The county was able to maintain a bond rating of AAA. "In 2013 we are seeking no increase in property tax dollars to run county government …
Monday, January 7, 2013
Washington Township's John Krickus says Freeholders shouldn't have health benefits.
In his first bid for a Morris County Freeholder seat, Washington Township’s John Krickus, along with running mates John Cesaro and David Scapicchio, won a three-year seat on the governing body and was sworn in Friday, Jan. 4. Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo was chosen by his colleagues to be the group’s director for 2013. He replaces William Chegwidden who lost in the June 2012 Primary Election. Krickus plans to get to work immediately and just as quickly stop spending, he said. “My top priorities are a 0-percent increase to operate county government, eliminating health benefits for freeholders as we are part time officials,” Krickus said in an email to Patch. “I fully endorse the goal of freezing county property taxes, possibly for the first …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Parsippany councilman sworn in Tuesday night as newest Morris County Freeholder.
Tuesday night was bittersweet for Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Councilman John Cesaro, who was sworn in as the newest member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, effectively ending his term as a member of the Township Council. Cesaro, who served for six-and-a-half years on the council, had a chance to address the public and his fellow council members at the meeting, which took place before the freeholders were scheduled to convene. “It has definitely been a pleasure working with everyone here and, of course, with the past council people I have worked with,” Cesaro said. “To the people of Parsippany, hopefully there is no challenge from the floor in about an hour at the (freeholders’) convention. If there is none, I will be …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Special convention elected Cesaro to fill seat vacated by Gene Feyl, who now heads Highlands Council.
John Cesaro, of Parsippany, the top vote-getter in last week's Republican primary for Morris County freeholder was sworn in Tuesday as the newest member of the board. Cesaro was elected by acclaim by a special Republican convention called to fill the open seat on the freeholder board vacated by Gene Feyl, who in May was named executive director of the Highland Council. Following his election to the freeholder board, Cesaro announced he had resigned his seat on the Parsippany Township Council. His first freeholder meeting was Wednesday. Cesaro will fill the remainder of Feyl’s term until the end of the year, and if elected in November, would begin serving a new three-year term in January. Cesaro was nominated for the position by his running…
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Nine Republicans and four Democrats seek nominations for four seats Tuesday.
Four open seats on the seven-member Morris County Board of Freeholders produced a primary season that at times seemed more like musical chairs. Nine Republicans and four Democrats are on the ballot Tuesday, seeking party nominations that will place them on the November general election ballot. The open seats are three regular three-year terms and one unexpired two-year term created last year when incumbent Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom was removed from the seat when a state Appellate Court disallowed her narrow special convention victory. The court ruling placed Nordstrom’s opponent Hank Lyon in the seat. He was sworn into office in March and is unopposed in seeking election to the remainder of his term in November. In addition, incumbent…
Friday, May 18, 2012
Former Freeholder takes over for recently-resigned Tom Borden.
Former Morris County Freeholder Margaret Nordstrom is now the Highlands Council’s deputy director, after the body appointed her to the position on Thursday in Chester. Nordstrom, who was forced to vacate her seat on the Freeholder board after an appellate court ruled her election in November was invalid, said she didn’t consider working on the Highlands Council initially. “I wasn’t thinking about (working on the Highlands Council) at the time,” Nordstrom said. “I always thought it would be something I might like to do, but I didn’t consider it until the Borden resignation.” The resignation of deputy director Tom Borden came in protest, shortly after the firing of director Eileen Swan earlier this year. In April, former Morris County …