The Issues

Property Taxes

Property taxes are out of control. However, commissioners have limited control as to whether property taxes go up or down. Each commissioner does, however, have control over their department’s budget. I fully intend on finding cost savings within my budget to decrease spending or at minimum to keep spending flat with the exception of contractual obligations and costs that come up that are out of my control.

Here is my plan to address property taxes:

Transparency in our government

We need to bring greater transparency into Nutley’s government. My plan for how we do this can be found here:

Hoffman-La Roche/On3 Site Redevelopment

I believe we should be more aggressive in the redevelopment of the On3 site, while being responsible in not over burdening our schools and not negatively affecting the quality of life we have here in Nutley.

Seeing the friction between Prism and the Nutley Board of Commissioners, I believe it is time to renew a spirit of cooperation and to work together to address the issues that are at hand in order to move the redevelopment forward.

Transitional Aid

I believe that we should no longer be asking for Transitional Aid from the state of New Jersey. Instead, we should be looking into ways we can increase our ratables to make up the amount that we are receiving and/or cut down on spending.

Municipal Debt

Nutley currently has approximately $13.5 million in debt with a total available credit at $140 million. I believe that we should continue to pay down and keep our debt levels low. This will enable our debt rating to remain high and allow for investing in our town’s future when the opportunity or need arises.

When we issue new debt to support our investments into Nutley’s future, that we should offset any costs with cuts to other parts of the budget. For too long, our local government has used the taxpayer as their piggy bank. Too many decisions have been made in the past to address perceived needs, without keeping in mind that we work at the behest of the taxpayer. Enough is enough.