May 24, 2010
Saying that municipal budgets need to reflect
"consistency with the economy," Marc Pfieffer updated the mayors on
various proposals and actions in Trenton -- including one effort to
contain property taxes by severely constraining local government. On
that proposal to cap municipal budget increases at 2.5%
annually by amendment to the state constitution, Mr. Pfeiffer received an
earful from the mayors in return. A number of attendees questioned the
practicality of the proposed amendment. Mr. Pfeiffer made note and said
those thoughts need to be communicated to policy makers. Pfeiffer
also covered a number of suggested reforms that include revisions of
collective bargaining and binding arbitration, Civil Service reform, and
changes in employee pensions and benefits. (Be sure to read Mr.
Pfeiffer's email below, which includes a
PDF of proposed legislation.)
In an email after the meeting to association secretary,
Carl Block, Marc Pfeiffer wrote: "Thanks for the opportunity this
morning. However, shortly after the meeting I discovered I inadvertently
misled the group on the Cap 2.5 proposal with regard to debt and capital
Mr. Pfeiffer also included a PDF copy of Assembly Resolution 131 proposing a hard 2.5% cap by constitional amendment. You can download it here: Assembly Resolution 131
Our Next Meeting
June 29, 2010
The Association will hold a business meeting at the Legend Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel located at 955 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, on Tuesday, June 29, 2010. Our guest will be Gerald J. Tarantolo, Mayor of Eatontown. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. You may bring guests. There is a $15.00 per person meeting fee. Payment receipts available upon request at sign in. Capacity is limited to 50. Kindly RSVP no later than Thursday, June 24. Call April at 732-644-0657 or email Administrator@ocmayors.com (please indicate number of attendees, and names if possible).
Ocean County Mayors' Association has been found tax exempt by the IRS. Donations are deductible. Documentation of this determination and related financial disclosure documents are available for public examination.