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MAYOR'S NEWSLINE

June 2008

Offices: 222 West State St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08618
609-695-3481 Fax 695-0151
E-Mail mdarcy@njslom.com
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IMPORTANT EVENTS
For contributions to the Mayors’ Newsline, please contact Karen E. Venditti, CMP, Editor at kvenditti@njslom.com or (609) 695-3481, ext. 118

June 2
League Seminar: “GL, CA and Journal Entries” at Mt Laurel
June 5
League Seminar: “GL, CA and Journal Entries” at Holmdel
June 10
League Seminar: “Recent Laws that Affect Tax Collectors” at Holmdel
June 13
League Seminar: “Recent Laws that Affect Tax Collectors” at Mt. Laurel
June 14
Flag Day
June 15
Fathers Day
June 16
State Budget Due

INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Scholarship Competition
Planning Award for Woolwich
Restoring State Funding
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Successful Government Transition

FROM THE PRESIDENT
By Robert L. Bowser, Mayor, East Orange City

The 93rd Annual League Conference is just around the corner and your League staff has already been working diligently on issues such as transportation and parking, hotel accommodations, selling exhibit booth space, education sessions, and major luncheon events.

Local officials can begin the conference planning process with available details in the June issue of New Jersey Municipalities magazine and the League web site at www.njslom.org. The web site has some important information about the conference registration procedure and schedule of events.

Housing forms will be mailed to all Municipal Clerks on June 1 and will also be posted on the League web page.

As of August 1, municipal officials will be able to register for the conference online at our web site. Be sure to take advantage of this easy way to register early for the93rd Annual League Conference. Full registration information will be sent to all Municipal Clerks during the first week of August.

Academy Bus chartered shuttle service will provide transportation to and from the Atlantic City Convention Center and the hotels.

The hugely popular Mayors Lunch and League Luncheon will feature key speakers from all levels of government. Get your tickets early; these events sell out quickly.

The conference is less than six months away. Start planning now and contact the League office if you need assistance. I look forward to meeting and working with you at the 93rd Annual Conference November 18-21 in Atlantic City,

EXECUTIVE BOARD

OFFICERS

ROBERT L. BOWSER, President
  Mayor, East Orange
TIMOTHY MCDONOUGH, 1st Vice President
  Mayor, Hope Township
JAMES ANZALDI , 2nd Vice President
  Mayor, Clifton City
LOUISE CURREY WILSON 3rd Vice President
Committeewoman, Montgomery Township

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

DONALD C. ASAY
  Mayor, Mannington Township
CORY BOOKER
  Mayor, Newark (Ex-Officio)
RANDY BROWN
  Mayor, Evesham Township
CHUCK CHIARELLO
  Mayor, Buena Vista Township

GUISEPPE "JOE" CHILA
  Mayor, Woolwich
DANIEL N. CORANOTO
  Deputy Mayor., Hampton Twp.

DAVID DelVECCHIO
  Mayor, Lambertville City

JOHN JOHN DEAN DeRIENZO
   Mayor, Haworth Borough
FRANK J. DRUETZLER
  Mayor, Morris Plains Borough
MICHAEL FRESSOLA
  Mayor, Manchester Township

JERRAMIAH HEALY
   Mayor, Jersey City

MARTIN MARKS
  Mayor, Scotch Plains
JANICE S. MIRONOV
  Mayor, East Windsor
ARTHUR R. ONDISH
  Mayor, Mount Arlington Borough 

GARY PASSANANTE
  Mayor, Somerdale Borough
DOUGLAS M. RAINEAR

  Committee Member, Upper Deerfield  Twp.
GERALD J. TARANTOLO
  Mayor, Eatontown Borough
JOSEPH TEMPESTA Jr..
  Mayor, West Caldwell Township
JANET TUCCI
  Mayor, West Long Branch Borough
BRIAN C. WAHLER
  Mayor, Piscataway Township
SUZANNE M. WALTERS
  
Mayor, Stone Harbor Borough
RUDOLPH J. WENZEL, JR.

  Mayor, Washington Twp. (Bergen)
Executive Staff
WILLIAM G. DRESSEL, Jr.
  Executive Director

Michael J. Darcy, CAE,
  Asst. Executive Director

     

2008 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
-Contact Michael Darcy ext.116

The three top winners of the 2008 Scholarship Competition are Jennifer Noble, submitted by Mayor Richard Gerbounka of Linden; Bridget Levine, submitted by Mayor Stuart Fierstein of Allentown; and Kyle Emery, submitted by Mayor Ronald Dancer of Plumsted.  These mayors will present each winner with a $1,000 check from the League.

The full text of the three winning essays, along with photos of the mayors awarding the checks, will appear in the October issue of New Jersey Municipalities magazine.

A special thank you to Scholarship Committee Chairwoman Mayor Phyllis Marchand, of Princeton Township and scholarship judges Mayor Janice Mironov of East Windsor and Mayor Chuck Chiarello of Buena Vista Township

MAYOR CHILA OF WOOLWICH
ACCEPTS PLANNING AWARD
-Contact Woolwich 856-467-2666

Woolwich mayor and League Executive Board member Joe Chila accepted the “Regional Land Use Project of the Year” award from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.  As one of the fastest growing communities in the region, Woolwich was recognized for its mixed use town center project, preservation of farmland and open space, and use of transfer development rights (TDR).  Woolwich's TDR plan designates 1,500 acres along the Route 322 corridor for mixed use development and will preserve 4,000 acres of farmland

ON-GOING EFFORTS TO RESTORE
STATE FUNDING
-Contact Jon Moran extn 121 or JMoran@njslom.com
www.njslom.org/2009-budget-main.html

Mayors are urged to continue the dialog on state funding to municipalities with their state representatives.  On May 20, the League held a high-level State budget summit at the War Memorial in Trenton.  The panelist included  State Treasurer David Rousseau, DCA Commissioner Joe Doria, Assembly Budget Committee Chair Lou Greenwald, Assembly Republican Budget Officer Joe Malone, Haddonfield Mayor Tish Columbi, Leageu President East Orange Mayor Bob Bowser, and League First Vice President Hope Mayor Tim McDonough.

During the League Budget Summit, the Treasurer reiterated the need for this State budget to mark a major turning point in the way the State conducts its fiscal affairs. The target for completion of the budget is between June 16 – 19. The Budget WILL be balanced at $32.8 billion. There will be NO new taxes. There will be NO more expenditures funded with ‘one shot’ revenues. And, most significantly for us, there will NOT be 100%.

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restoration of the $189 million municipal funding cuts. HOWEVER, more than the Administration’s proposed $15 million shift is likely, but the money WILL come from other cuts.

League Leadership has decided to reject the arbitrary mid-June deadline. From our perspective, it is more important to get the budget done right, than it is to get the budget done early. League Leadership has decided to continue to push for full restoration of the slated $189 million municipal property tax relief funding cuts. The roughly $15 million shift, from one group of property taxpayers to another, falls short of the promise for significant, sustainable and reliable property tax relief funding, that was made just last year, by the Legislature’s Special Session. Only full restoration of the $189 million in municipal property tax relief, slated to be cut in the Governor’s original proposed budget, would allow local budget makers to consolidate the gains made possible by last year’s modest increase. And that would provide a further boost to citizen confidence in New Jersey’s commitment to meaningful and sustainable property tax relief.

Beyond the dollars and cents of the State’s next budget:
Assembly Budget Committee Chair Lou Greenwald and Republican Budget Officer Joe Malone renewed their commitment to a moratorium on new State mandates and to a review of existing mandates, leading towards possible repeals or relaxations (Senator Haines has already taken steps on this in the Senate. And Hardyston Township Manager Marianne Smith presented the panel with a 15 page analysis of existing mandates ripe for consideration. Click here for a copy of that analysis.);

Treasurer Rousseau, in response to a question, again indicated the Administration’s strong support for local option taxes; Commissioner Doria urged local officials looking to share services to allow DCA to do whatever is possible to facilitate the process; and Senator Haines promised to continue to work with local officials on the State Police patrol funding issue

Further, there seemed to be an interest in allowing the LUARC (Consolidation) Commission process to proceed in an orderly fashion, rather than a rush to predetermine the Commission’s findings.

Over the next three weeks, key decisions will be made on the State’s spending plan. We will continue to provide you with the best information available. We urge you to stay in touch with us and with your State Legislators and to do your best to exert a positive influence on the outcome in the Statehouse.

 

 

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