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County Executive Introduces $732M Budget

County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo says Essex on sound fiscal footing with $31 million surplus

County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo introduced a $732 million budget Thursday that would cost the average homeower $62 more in 2013, NJ.com reported.

DiVincenzo's budget increases the tax levy by 1.75 percent and marks the fourth consecutive year without layoffs or furloughs, the site wrote.

DiVincenzo also said that Essex has already received insurance reimbursement for its Hurrican Sandy cost.

Stuart Weissman January 11, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Or adding vital services such as the lifesaving McLoone's Boathouse Restaurant and zip lines.
Adam Kraemer January 12, 2013 at 03:21 AM
We have 14 elected officials in Essex County. All 14 are Progressive Democrats maybe that is the problem. Maybe we need to change the NJ Constitution to end county government. We really don't need both municipal and county government any way one or the other please. Until the voters vote for change we are stuck. I ran for Freeholder once and lost. I might try again as I want small government and less expensive government.
Ralph January 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Ryan, I read it....I still don't understand how there hasn't been any cuts in the last 4 years and we're talking about a surplus while asking the taxpayers for more money. I certainly want to maintain the county's good bond rating...but raising taxes and not making cuts is the easy way out. Unfortunately, it's par for the course in Essex County...I'm don't understand how Joe D can tell people that he's raising their taxes...but the good news is we've made no cuts to staff the last 4 years.
Ralph January 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM
The complex has been good for West Orange.....It gives people a very positive impression of our town. Hopefully it will bring in enough people that we can revitalize that stretch of Northfield across and East (?) of the zoo. Speaking of that stretch....anyone have word on the construction that was to be started at Essex House last June??
Nitsuj January 27, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Time for West Essex (Fairfield, Roseland, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Caldwell, Essex Fells, Livingston, Cedar Grove, Verona, West Orange, Millburn, Montclair, and Glen Ridge) to break away from Essex County and form its own County: West Essex.

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