Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to post an update in March. So this month, you'll find two updates -- and at a new address on the web. You can now find us at www.ocmayors.net or www.ocmayors-nj.us. Thanks for your patience. And we hope to see you at our next meeting on May 24 when our guest speaker will be Stephanie Bloom, Executive Director, Community Medical Center, Toms River. See details below in the right panel!
Jim Sigurdson delivered an energetic presentation urging the mayors to get involved in his agency's efforts, which include the venerable Meals on Wheels program. Meals on Wheels delivers healthy meals to shut-ins, mostly senior citizens unable to prepare food for themselves. Jim explained that his agency is supported by federal funds, private donations, and money from some municipalities. But the largest portion comes from the Ocean County government. He urged mayors to see Meals on Wheels firsthand perhaps by delivering some meals in their towns. Mayor Kennedy of Ocean Gate said he had done just that and was pleased to discover a shut-in borough resident and long-time neighbor he had never met.
On March 15th, Marc Pfeiffer brought us some less-than-happy news from Trenton. For example, he noted that tax appeals are not adequately addressed in the 2% cap law. So revenue lost to tax appeals cannot be made up by through property tax increases over the cap. And given the decline in the real estate market, tax appeals are rife. On the other hand, Pfeifer explained, a quirk in the law makes it possible to add the cost of a one-time capital purchase to the next year's budget, thus raising the amount that can be raised by taxation under the cap.Pfeiffer reviewed some bills before the legislature that propose to curb rising state expenses -- including proposals to eliminate cost-of-living increases for state retirees.
Our Next Meeting
Our guest speaker will be;
The Association will hold a business
meeting at the Legend Restaurant adjacent to the Howard Johnson Hotel
at 955 Hooper Ave., Toms River, on
Tuesday, May 24.
Our guest will be
Executive Director, Community Medical Center.
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 Friday, May 20.
Call April at 732-644-0657 or email
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