It has been a distinct honor and privilege to serve as your Commissioner and Director of Revenue and Finance. A Certified Public Accountant and now retired senior Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP., I have brought to my role over 40 years of accounting and professional leadership experience, including 17 years in public sector government. Throughout my career, I have served a diverse group of clients in the private and public sectors globally, including the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Now a full-time Commissioner, I have and will continue to dedicate myself to serving all of us every day. In all things, I am guided by these core values – Integrity, Teamwork, Mutual Respect, and Personal Accountability.
I am a life-long Nutley resident. I graduated from Nutley High School in 1973, and earned my bachelor’s degree with honors in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickenson University. I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the New Jersey State Society of CPA’s and the American Society for Training and Development. A proud member of Nutley UNICO, I previously served on the Board of Trustees for the Nutley Free Public Library and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business Center for Leadership and Ethics. In 2017, I was deeply honored to be inducted into the Nutley Hall of Fame.
The financial and economic outlook for Nutley is complex and will continue to be challenging over the next several years. It is critical to make sure that the right person serves in the finance role. Please consider me for one of your 5 votes. Vote 11A.
I offer the following for your consideration:
CRISIS RELIEF: Providing essential services for all Nutley residents throughout this Pandemic health crisis. Waived fees, extended the tax payment deadline and I will make sure we receive reimbursements from FEMA and the CARE Act.
VALUABLE RELATIONSHIPS/CRITICAL STATE AID: I have developed highly respected relationships with multiple governors, state and county officials. I am a tireless advocate for Nutley which has been vital to our success in obtaining state aid. This aid totals over $25 million to date and has saved every taxpayer, on average, $2,500 since 2014. 50% of that aid has directly benefited our schools. I have already secured a commitment for our aid for 2020.
PROPERTY TAXES: This health crisis has hurt our local economy and our residents. There will NOT BE A MUNICIPAL TAX INCREASE FOR 2020. A new hire freeze is in place and non-essential spending has been stopped.
By law, my office sends out a single bill for County, Library, School and Municipal property taxes. The tax for the County, School and Library portion of on your bill is governed by separate Boards other than your Board of Commissioners. These taxes represent 68% of your annual bill.
Your Board of Commissioners work very hard to control costs for the municipal portion of your bill. Since 2014, I have lowered the spending in Revenue and Finance by $365,000 and by closely monitoring the County tax allocation, this tax has reduced in 2018 and 2019. I expect a zero change for 2020. While the School tax is determined by the School Board, my advocacy for Transitional State Aid has contributed $ 14.0 million in aid to the school system since 2014.
STRONG CREDIT RATING: I have lowered our outstanding debt by $1.7 million since 2015. I have and will continue to maintain a firm conservative stance on incurring debt. Our municipal bond rating is above average at Aa2.
ON3 RE-DEVELOPMENT REVENUE: Eliminated expensive tax appeals and made sure ON3 pays both the school and municipal property tax.
HELP FOR OUR SENIORS: Making sure all eligible seniors participate in the State Property Tax Reimbursement Program. Almost 1,000 participants to date.
As we look ahead, my focus will be:
- Working with my Commissioners to continue to provide essential services and recover from the impacts of this Pandemic crisis and obtaining reimbursements from FEMA and the CARE act.
- Continuing the redevelopment of the Hoffman La Roche site and the Ciccolini property, adding improvements that will increase revenue but will not negatively impact our schools and quality of life.
- Continuing to advocate with the State to make our Transitional Aid permanent. I have made good progress here.
- Continuing to make sure all eligible seniors participate in the State Senior Tax Freeze Program.
- Continuing to keep costs low in my department and maintaining our above average bonding rate through a firm conservative stance on incurring debt.
- Continuing my ZOOM town halls to drive open communication, budget transparency and serving all residents of our Township.
- Deepening my relationship with State and County officials to advocate for Nutley so we get our fair share of aid.
On a more personal level, I was married to Yolanda Perrotta Evans for 22 years until her passing in 2000. I established a memorial fund in her memory at the Nutley Public Library. Monies from this fund are dedicated to the children’s section. We were blessed with three beautiful children. Today, I enjoy time with my growing family, especially my grandson. My daughter, Mary Kate, is the General Counsel for University Hospital in Newark, and is married to Jared, who serves as the Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. My son Tommy, is a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. and is married to Christina, who is an English teacher at Livingston High School. And, my Andrew, recently completed his associate’s degree and is moving on to his bachelor’s degree. Andrew and his wife Claire live in Nutley.
I am proud to represent all of our residents. I am committed to professionalism and transparency in my role, and always put Nutley first. Please consider me for one of your votes. Vote 11A.
Thomas J. Evans