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Morris County Budget Input Wanted at Public Meeting

Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents to speak their minds to committee members.

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, Budget Subcommittee Chair Freeholder Hank Lyon, Freeholder Director Thomas Mastrangelo and committee member Freeholder John Krickus will be available prior to the regular public freeholder meeting on that day to talk to county residents or elected officials about their ideas or concerns regarding county spending.

“We think it’s important that citizens have a better understanding of the county’s budget process,” Lyon said.  “The freeholders once again are wrestling with some very difficult budget decisions. We continue to thoroughly examine all county government programs, and we welcome any thoughts the public and municipal officials may have about county spending.” 

Anyone who would like to have their input included but is unable to attend the budget session can write to the freeholders and send letters to the Morris County Administrator's Office, P.O. Box 900, Morristown, NJ, 07963 or email jgarifo@co.morris.nj.us.

The Stig February 05, 2013 at 08:25 PM
What Budget? Shouldn't they post a first draft if they want people to comment??!!
alan rosenbaltt February 05, 2013 at 10:42 PM
did u say free loaders as what they are
Thomas Lotito February 06, 2013 at 04:04 AM
The right people are in place and it's time to make a flat budget.The public has been given the opportunity to put their two cents in, your influence counts, use it!
The Stig February 06, 2013 at 02:49 PM
The Freeholders haven't said they are delivering a "flat" budget, just one without a tax levy increase. There's a difference. Since they haven't posted a first draft, there's no way of telling how much they plan to increase the budget, and that is a critical issue.
Not Domino February 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Approximately how many line items are there in the budget? The meeting is 60 minutes long, so if you divide 60 by the total number of line items, that will give the average number of minutes available to discuss each line item. For example, if there are only 30 items, then each item could be discussed for a mere 2 minutes, on average. What will more likely be the case is that one or two items will be probably discussed for the entire duration of the meeting. The public MUST have a chance to review the budget themselves a few days before the meeting, or else it is unreasonable to expect that there can be very much meaningful discussion. Isn't this important enough to not have to rush through it?
Linda Gaffney February 06, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I agree, these people need to disclose the budget including everything (benefits and pensions for Freeholders) and allow time for the public to have before the meeting and don't limit the meeting time so that they can hear from the taxpayers.
Linda Gaffney February 06, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I agree, these people need to disclose the budget including everything (benefits and pensions for Freeholders) and allow time for the public to have before the meeting and don't limit the meeting time so that they can hear from the taxpayers.
Thomas Lotito February 08, 2013 at 02:11 PM
LOL, this from a guy, who's only claim to fame is that he wouldn't support anything above a 2% tax increase, while he spent down the surplus. Get a grip!
Not Domino February 08, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Kevin, how many times have you publicly complained that Tom's tax payments are less than the cost of educating his children? I have seen this theme in numerous archived posts of yours. How many more times do you plan to repeat this question before you finally realize that by asking the question you are not going to influence the answer. What is your goal? To make Tom petition the town for a higher assessment out of a feeling of guilt? To make Tom send his kids to private school out of a feeling of guilt? To make Tom move out of town, so someone else with fewer kids moves into his house? What if that backfired and someone with MORE kids moved into his house, then how would you feel for being the cause of that? Would you then start complaining publicly about the new owner instead? Is Tom the only person in the township whose kids cost more to educate than the tax revenue he provides to the town? Until the town changes the tax assessment calculation to be based on the number of children in the school system instead of the value of the house, I don't foresee any changes in this. So on behalf of the entire rest of the community, with respect to this particular issue, I'd like to publicly ask you to drop it. A very wise person once gave me this piece of advice: If you are going to complain about something, either accompany the complaint with a thoughtful suggestion for how to fix the issue, or abstain from complaining. You should try that some time.
Sir February 08, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Tax the rich, give to the poor so they remain dependent.
Thomas Lotito February 08, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Kevin, did Obama say: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”
BillBalls February 08, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Keven – You were just played for the fool, and a fool you did made of yourself. Apparently you didn’t pay much attention in you history or social studies classes, and maybe not even your economic classes, because it you had you would have bumped into that famous phrase, and who said it.
BillBalls February 08, 2013 at 05:53 PM
No, it is tax the rich, give to the poor, so the poor continue to vote democratic.
BillBalls February 08, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Question – since Morristown receives a health sum of “State Aid,” and as such is able to offset its costs and therefore build and maintain covered parking garages, and since I here in Jersey, pay a heck of a lot in sales and income tax to the State, why should their parking garages be freely opened only to residents during the storm? In fact I would hazard a guess that those parking garages are mostly paid for by out of town residents, yet Morristown itself enjoys the revenue they generates. I wonder too, why the government is involved in what should only be that of private affairs
The Stig February 08, 2013 at 08:22 PM
Not a dime's worth of difference between Karl and Barack, both are class warriors and redistributors of the wealth. His Plan A, B and C for everything is to make the rich pay more and more and more . . . . The mobile rich will get richer, and the rest will just carry the 47% - http://www.cnbc.com/id/100446634
The Stig February 11, 2013 at 02:03 PM
You artfully avoided calling Obama a Capitalist because you know he isn't one. America used to be about making sure all had an Equal Opportunity. The rest was up to You. Obama is all about making everyone's bank accounts Equal through government redistribution of the wealth. That's the definition of Socialism.
Chris February 12, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Alan, with a comment like that you come across very ignorant. Grow up and leave a comment that the rest of the readers want to read. Not ignorant comments.
Doug May 20, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Haha dumb back n forth

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