Articles Archive for July 2011
Please click here to see an explanation from Mayor Frank Huttle III regarding the third quarter estimated tax bills.
Mayor Frank Huttle III announces that due to the extreme heat conditions, the Englewood city pools will be offering residents some “Beat the Heat” specials. Today through Friday, July 22, daily passes will cost $8.00 instead of $15.00 and for Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24, a flat “Family Fun rate” of $30.00 will allow use of the pool for up to four family members.
Additionally, beginning on Monday, July 25, a “Half-Season” membership will go on sale at half of the regular membership rate.
“With temperatures soaring to nearly 100 degrees, I encourage Englewood families to take advantage of our two pools as a way to keep cool” said Mayor Huttle. The city operates two pools in the summer months. One is at MacKay Park and the other is at the Tryon Avenue Park. The MacKay pool is open from 1 PM to 8 PM daily and the Tryon pool is open from 1 PM to 6 PM daily.
The agenda for the next City Council Meeting is now available. Click here to download a pdf of the agenda.
The agenda for the next City Council Workshop Meeting is now available. Click here to download a pdf of the agenda.
Published in The Record one day after the Mayor’s Finance and Budget Commission Report was issued, the following article warns us that even though the recession is over, many cities in New Jersey could still feel some of the strongest aftershocks this year.
Cities could feel brunt of recession with tax collection dropping
Saturday, July 9, 2011
By Salvador Rizzo
The recession might be over, but New Jersey’s beleaguered cities could feel some of the strongest aftershocks this year, a group of economic experts said Friday.
Property tax collections will be dropping, and there is a chance some cities will default on their debts, making it harder for them to borrow money.
The poorest municipalities are already bracing for layoffs, said the experts, who participated in an economic forum at Rutgers University, and they waiting to see if Governor Christie and Democratic legislators strike a deal to restore up to $139 million in desperately needed aid.
“It’s an unprecedented period of economic stress for state and local governments,” said Robert Kuttner, a managing director of Moody’s Investors Service. “These are serious spending and revenue crises.”
Cities were able to stave off gaps in revenue when the recession struck because of delays built into the property tax system, Kuttner told an audience filled with mayors, but now that grace period has ended.
Mayor John McCormac of Woodbridge, a state treasurer in the administration of former Gov. James E. McGreevey, said local governments responded by courting businesses, streamlining the regulatory process and putting as much information as possible online.
Former Gov. Jim Florio said it was now up to the federal government to assume more of the costs for programs like Medicaid that eat up state revenue.
“The traditional ways are not going to work,” Florio said. “At some point, the federal government will have to become re-engaged.”
Economy has changed
Turning to the state’s 9.4 percent unemployment rate, James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers and a member of the panel, said the two sectors with the steepest losses — manufacturing and construction — would be difficult to fix because of fundamental shifts in the economy.
In terms of manufacturing, New Jersey can’t keep up with low-cost labor markets like China and so must focus on sophisticated products like biomedical equipment. And there is little appetite for construction, since the United States already has a glut of unsold and foreclosed homes left over from the housing market bubble.
But amid the gloom there were glimmers of hope.
“There’s reason to be optimistic today,” said Thomas Bracken, president of the state Chamber of Commerce. New Jersey has the raw materials to overcome, he said, citing location, infrastructure, a high quality of life and a well-educated workforce as draws for big businesses.
In addition, he said Christie has tried to attract new business to the state through tax incentives and deregulation.
ENGLEWOOD, NJ – Mayor Frank Huttle III today released the Commission’s Report on the City’s budget and fiscal situation, stressing that the City faces the worst economic recession seen in over 70 years and urging the City Council and City Manager to make drastic changes to the way municipal government is financed in order to get Englewood back on a sound fiscal footing.
“For years, politicians have painted an unrealistically rosy picture to our residents of the City’s financial situation while kicking the can down the road, exacerbating an already bad fiscal environment,” said Mayor Huttle. “Unfortunately, we have come to the end of that road. Revenues have declined, costs have risen and state aid has become all but nonexistent.”
Mayor Huttle pointed to skyrocketing labor and healthcare costs as the main culprit in the City’s deteriorating financial situation and urged a move towards realistic compensation, shared services and long-term fiscal planning to improve conditions.
“Labor costs are crippling our City budget, diverting resources away from vital municipal services,” Mayor Huttle concluded. “The unavoidable truth is this: the old ways of doing business are unsustainable. We now have no other option than to do things differently and responsibly, budgeting for long-term health — not just for any given year. Sound planning leads to sound policies and I am committed to restoring financial health and balance to our municipal government. I urge the City Council, City Manager, our department heads and our public employee unions to join me in preserving our sustainable future together by implementing the recommendations of this Commission.”
Please click here to access a copy of the Commission’s Report. Hard copies of the Report are available at City Hall.
Thank you for helping to make this year’s fireworks show a success!
Thursday’s fireworks show was the best the City of Englewood has had yet – with great entertainment, food, and company all gathered together on the Dwight Morrow High School front lawn to celebrate Independence Day.
Turnout to the fireworks broke the thousands, with Englewood residents and our neighbors from adjoining towns bringing along their friends and family. The 4th of July is all about celebrating unity as one country, and additionally for us, as one City. I was pleased to have everyone join together as a community and partake in the festivities. I could not have asked for a better way to kick off the holiday weekend.
Once again, I would like to thank each of this year’s sponsors who, with my family, helped to make this year’s event possible: bergenPAC, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, 4 West Diner, Nisi, Bergen County Camera, Décor Inc., Vero Uomo, Bartolomeo, TREECO, and Staples.
Additionally, I would like to thank the Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Carlisle, and all City Employees who helped to coordinate this event and make it a success.
Have a safe and Happy 4th of July weekend!
Mayor Frank Huttle III