Sunday, February 21, 2010

Still No Budget Update?

According to Washington Township's award winning official website, the last 2010 municipal budget update was posted on January 12, 2010 or 41 days ago!  This begs the question, what has the committee been doing for the past 41 days?  Why are they withholding details on how our tax dollars are being spent? Are more backroom deals being cooked up like the one that has WT taxpayers picking up a $50,000 tab for a Township Administrator who only works 15 hours per week?

Where is the transparancy Howard Popper promised on his website? The website he took it down as a result of one of my postings?


  1. I have to agree with your assessment of the township Web Site. The budget information is very difficult to locate.

    I've attended some of the township budget meetings and I do see a concerted effort to cut all department budgets 20%. This will not be adequate, I'm afraid. The committee seemed on track to achieve their budget goals until Gov. Christie announced claw-backs of Corzine's property tax relief aid. To my understanding, this could potentially eliminate 1.8M in state subsidy to the township; which is approximately 11% of the revenue stream. The township committee is faced with the unenviable task of very deep cuts or very painful tax increases, or both. The lack of a revised budget, in light of these cuts, is unacceptable.

    Nevertheless, the real money is at the school district (43M compared to the township's 18M). I have yet to see a 2010-2011 budget proposal from the school board, nor has Mike Rec (finance chair) responded to my queries. The budget discussion was only briefly touched upon in last week's agenda. I am anxious to learn how the school board plans to tackle their potential budget shortfalls in light of Chritie's cuts to schools aid and the general decline in revenue due high unemployment and a record high number of foreclosures. I would also like to see a budget proposal prior to the upcoming board elections, although all of the board is running unopposed. Shame on us.

    David Johnson
    Springtown Rd.

  2. David,

    What makes you think the "committee seemed on track to achieve their budget goals"? Even without the possibility of a cut in state aid, there currently is a $520K gap to get to the required maximum tax levy increase of 4%. This committee has no clue as to what it is doing. The tax increase as now stands is still over 9%.

    As for the schools, by law they are required to advertise their budget before the school election next month. They have met this requirement in the past and there is no reason to suspect it won't me adhered to this year as well.


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