You get ‘experts’ to vouch that a project will either make money in the long run or cost very little for the quality of life improvements it will generate. In Union County it happened when they wanted to sell…
Which is convenient for those of you in Roselle curious about how much the Mind & Body Complex will cost you. Just add up your four quarterly tax bills and prepare to make out an extra check in that full amount (plus borrowing costs) for which you will get….
777-2016 AN ORDINANCE OF THE COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE GUARANTY OF THE PAYMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON NOT EXCEEDING $59,000,000 AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF COUNTY-GUARANTEED LEASE REVENUE BONDS, SERIES 2016 (COMMUNITY CENTER AND LIBRARY PROJECT), ISSUED BY THE UNION COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SECURITY THEREFORE AND DETERMINING CERTAIN OTHER MATTERS IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.
Approved 5-1 with one abstention
For anyone in Roselle who objects to being taxed another $59 million:
Tonight’s freeholder meeting was about mountain biking in Watchung Reservation, $150,000 in oversized checks for libraries, and a $59 million county guarantee for new building in Roselle (that was supported enthusiastically by Roselle politicos, opposed with touching pathos by two elderly residents being taxed out of their homes, and even opposed by at least one freeholder). All will be covered extensively in future blogs along with a little bit of friction:
Come back (or sign up for this blog and get email alerts when new blogs are posted) to get the answer but we kick off with more secrecy as to tort settlements.
Of the 1,084 employees listed with the same first and last name exactly in 2006 and 2016 salaries went up by an average of 43% over those years. There were 607 other current county employees hired by 2006 but data differences made it impossible to merge them into one file so those 607 are excluded. For now here are the spreadsheets sorted by:
As part of an interview with Freeholder Chairman Bruce Bergen in the Westfield Leader:
Mr. Bergen discussed a wide variety of topics with The Leader’s editors, from the county’s $580-million debt to initiatives ranging from recreation and county emergency dispatch services to an animal shelter.
The more than half a billion dollars of debt includes a $59-million general improvement bond that was expected to be approved Thursday, August 18. The freeholder board has adopted general improvement bond ordinances in nine of the last 11 years during the summer. This year’s approval is by far the biggest in that time, exceeding 2011’s $49.6 million. It is $15 million more than last year’s.
This year’s bond includes $8 million more for parks and recreation, $4 million more for Union County College and $4 million more for the Gordon Street Bridge in Roselle over the freight rail tracks linking North and South Avenues.
Those ordinances over the years are linked to below: