EAST ORANGE, NJ: Mayor Ted R. Green introduced his first proposed budget to the East Orange City Council on April 9, 2018, calling it one that has no frills, no shortcuts and no extras.
During the City Council’s Regular Public Meeting, Mayor Green announced his proposed budget at $145 million, approximately $1.2 million more than last year’s budget necessary to cover unanticipated expenses left over from the previous administration.
The 2.7% increase means that the average household will pay an additional $131 annually or $11 more each month.
In this budget, Mayor Green added, there are no layoffs, no deferred compensation for employees and no interruptions in services for residents and business owners.
The budget also includes meeting some of the Green Administration’s top priorities, including the hiring of 24 police officers, 15 patrol vehicles and more surveillance cameras throughout the city, as well as the lease to purchase of street sweepers that will bring that operation back in house for the first time in 13 years.
“I want to thank my Business Administrator Solomon Steplight and all of the members of my administration for rolling up their sleeves to provide the necessary leadership that promotes fiscal well-being for the great City of East Orange,” said Mayor Green. “This budget is both resourceful and responsive to the growing needs of our community. I urge the East Orange City Council to continue our partnership and pass our budget as soon as possible.”