Monday: Speak up about the budget!

11/14/2008:

Are you steamed that the Hoboken Budget is out of control? Want your voice heard?

Head down to city hall (94 Washington St.) on Monday, November 17th at 7pm as the Hoboken City Council is starting public budget hearings.

As you all know, the current budget on the table is $120 million dollars – way more than double what it was in 2000.

The main thorn in the side is the 47% property tax increase, which has residents raging mad.

Also note: The regular council meeting for Wednesday 11/19 has been rescheduled for Monday 11/24 (I wonder how many folks take the entire Thanksgiving week off to visit family?)

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CalGard
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CalGard

truth1’s post #33 – Laying off public employees

I know the difficulties in actually letting go of ineffective employees. It can be done but in most cases requires documented reasons for doing so. Does anyone know how the city has been able to lay off or fire any city employee in the past?

CalGard
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CalGard
[quote comment=”119027″][quote comment=”119008″]One thing I keep hearing is that there will be minimal (if any) savings realized in Hoboken through layoffs because the laws and regulations regarding public employees make it very difficult to lay anyone off. Question: Why is it that every time I pick up a newspaper from anywhere else in New Jersey, other municipalities are having no problems cutting costs this way?[/quote] Government differs from the pvt. sector in that a certain level of essential services have to be provided to the public. In the final analysis, level and cost of same is up to the city council. When this budget deficit was discovered, immediate action should have been taken by the administrative branch to call in the N.J. Dept. of Personnel to start the process. No such action was taken. Now, since the civil service status of every employee has to be consideed, legal regualations require that certain steps be taken which take time. Judy is in this process now. Remember, it took seven years for this to happen and it cannot be corrected overnight. Some cities take immediate action and the hurt is not so great. Remember, at tonights meeting, no formal action can be taken. Any recommendations that the council has must be presented to the Fiscal Monitor for approval and action. Our Mayor and Council have performed so badly, that they have to be very closely SUPERVISED.(and this is not a takover) Also, the public can make suggestions directly to the fiscal monitso:… Read more »
CastlePointWatcher
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CastlePointWatcher
[quote comment=”119155″][quote comment=”119023″]truth1, If you look at MANY of my posts (aside from the ones regarding a solution to this problem), you’ll notice over and over that I have said that Judy is NOT a solution to this problem. She is a dog and pony (smoke and mirrors) act by the State. ANYONE who pins their hopes on mail and or telephonic correspondence with her as a position of change is a fool. She is in the same bed as the criminals that are destroying our City. The fact that there will be no video is additional proof of what I say. When people are ready for change, email me at: castlepointwatcher at gmail dot com[/quote] You may be correct regarding Judith Tripodi…only time will tell! But currently, she has the power under law and as long as the city is under supervision, even newly elected officials will have to work with her as well.. I think you are on the right path…change in May 09 and and then we must show that we can manage ourselves in a cost effective manner and thus end the need for state intervention. :P[/quote] Actually, I don’t want to end State intervention. I want to not only have State intervention, but also FEDERAL intervention. The problem is that at the State level the corruption is still too high — Judy is proof of that. She’s very nice and all. And the intention is good, but they would have sent somebody who could actually… Read more »
CalGard
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CalGard

Note that the state of New Jersey provides courses for Certified Municipal Finance Officer. see N.J.S.A. 40A:9-140.1-3 that this certification is a requirement for certain municipal positions. I would hope that the chair of the Council’s Finance committee and the Mayor’s Business Administrator have background in this subject.

Rutgers offers 8 courses ranging in length from 24 hours to 39 hours of class time. Have any of our Hoboken elected officials or appointed Department heads taken any of these courses or taken and passed the state certification exam. Are any planning to take the next exam in December of this year? For information is an abstract one course that would be particularly relevant to tonight’s meeting.

http://policy.rutgers.edu/CGS/FinancialManagement.php

Municipal Budget Process – 30 hours
Prerequisite: None
Text: The Municipal Budget Process, Robert Benecke, 2002

This second course in the sequence acquaints the student with the full budget cycle, with special emphasis on the budget role as a tool for effective municipal management. Legal requirements concerning the adoption and execution of the official budget are examined, with particular attention to the roles of various municipal officials and the administrative techniques involved. Preparation of departmental budget requests, budget review and cuts, revenues and appropriations, and new budget techniques are covered. Attention is also given to the flexible chart of accounts. Accounting and auditing principles are briefly discussed. Students are encouraged to relate the course work to their current practical budget problems. A final exam is given.

truth1
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truth1

[quote comment=”119023″]truth1,

If you look at MANY of my posts (aside from the ones regarding a solution to this problem), you’ll notice over and over that I have said that Judy is NOT a solution to this problem. She is a dog and pony (smoke and mirrors) act by the State. ANYONE who pins their hopes on mail and or telephonic correspondence with her as a position of change is a fool.

She is in the same bed as the criminals that are destroying our City.

The fact that there will be no video is additional proof of what I say.

When people are ready for change, email me at: castlepointwatcher at gmail dot com[/quote]
You may be correct regarding Judith Tripodi…only time will tell! But currently, she has the power under law and as long as the city is under supervision, even newly elected officials will have to work with her as well.. I think you are on the right path…change in May 09 and and then we must show that we can manage ourselves in a cost effective manner and thus end the need for state intervention. 😛

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