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Mayor Lester E. Taylor Proposes .5% reduction in Taxes During Budget Address 2017

EAST ORANGE, NJ -  Mayor Lester E. Taylor III introduced a budget to the East Orange City Council during Monday’s City Council Meeting that he says marks the culmination of four years of hard work that has brought financial stability and balance to the city, while preserving programmatic goals and making targeted investments to bring East Orange into a new era of progress.

The proposed $140 million budget includes a $16 million fund balance, which means money in the bank reserved to cover the city’s annual budget expenditures without having to borrow money, a common practice from previous administrations.

After having to raise taxes by 4.5% in his first year, Mayor Taylor assembled a strong team of financial experts to help the city create an aggressive, but realistic plan that would put East Orange on strong fiscal footing for years to come.

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The plan included a slight increase in the tax levy that progressively got lower in each subsequent year that followed (Taxes went up 2.5% in 2015 and 1.5% in 2016).

“Now we are in a position to lessen the tax burden of our homeowners and provide some relief in the form of a proposed .5% tax reduction,” said Mayor Taylor. “That translates into approximately $96 in tax savings for the average homeowner.” 

In his budget address, Taylor painted a picture for those in attendance, describing where East Orange was three years ago and where East Orange is now.

 Some highlights from his address include:

·       Nearly a half billion of private capital investment in East Orange, up from $100 million three years ago

·       Revamped East Orange Golf Course, which brought in $900,000 in revenue in 2016

·       A completely overhauled East Orange Water Commission which is now a national leader in municipal water management

·       The purchase of East Orange General Hospital by Prospect Medical, which saved the community hospital from closing

·       Establishment of the Division of Vacant and Abandoned Properties which has brought in over $3.2 million

·       Over $5 million in grants to support public safety personnel and keep our residents safe

·       New employment training programs and additional recreational opportunities for young people

 “The challenges in our first budget inspired our departments to think critically and creatively over the past three years. We’ve reduced superfluous spending and developed forward-thinking and innovative solutions that eliminate duplicative services, inefficiency and overlap,” said Mayor Taylor. “In essence, we have demonstrated what it means to set the standard for urban excellence.”

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Curbing Hunger Inc. Seeks Partners to Conduct Food Drives

May 25, 2017

NEW JERSEY - The organization that launched a tremendously successful food-collection program in Somerset County is inviting all New Jersey residents to help fight hunger around the state.

Curbing Hunger Inc., which is conducting its 23rd annual food drive in Somerset County this June, is looking to partner with hunger agencies, civic groups, faith-based organizations, clubs and ...

East Orange Youth A Winner at Essex County Fishing Derby at Weequahic Park

May 22, 2017

NEWARK, NJ - Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that Tamir Johnson from East Orange caught the first fish in the boys' category during the Essex County Fishing Derby in Essex County Weequahic Park on Saturday, May 20th. 

He caught his first fish at 9:16 a.m. Presenting the award is Program Coordinator Jackie Matthews. 

Upcoming fishing derbies will be ...

Help Bloomfield Locate Missing Endangered Juvenile

May 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Police Department is seeking assistance in locating the attached missing juvenile. We are asking anyone who has seen or come in contact with this juvenile to contact the Bloomfield Police at (973) 680-4141.

Jack was last seen by his parents on 05/22/2017 at 07:15. Jack is a student at Bloomfield High School but was absent today. No clothing description ...

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