Welcome back!

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!

April 2011
James Sigurdson , Executive Director
Community Services, Inc. of Ocean County

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. 

March, 2011
Marc Pfeiffer, Assistant Director, N.J. Div. of Local Government Services, N.J. Dept. of Community Affairs

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.

At the same meeting Mayor Kelaher  introduced a resolution to declare April as Autism Awareness Month. The resolution passed unanimously.


Our Next Meeting
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Our guest speaker will be;

Stephanie Bloom
Executive Director
Community Medical Center
Toms River

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 Stephanie Bloom, Executive Director, Community Medical Center. 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 Friday, May 20. Call April at 732-644-0657 or email 
ocmayors@comcast.net (a new email address). 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.