Statement by Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani on 2018 Budget

Council Member Loretta Gragnani Credits: Loretta Gragnani

PARSIPPANY, NJ - During the past several weeks of the 2018 budget presentation we have heard a lot of municipal dialog about how the 2017 budget should never have been approved.

However, despite this convenient dialog on the part of the municipal staff, at NO TIME during the entire 2017 budget process and in NO UNCERTAIN terms did past Council Vice President Robert Peluso and myself serving on the Finance Committee hear from B.A. Ellen Sandman or CFO Ann Cucci that the 2017 fiscal plan was not a viable budget.

Was I taken back?, YES, I WAS.

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The proposed 2018 Mayoral Budget will be a hardship to Parsippany families and Seniors.

A 3.5% percent on homes assessed at approximately 309K to 500K will see a total tax increase in the range of $212 to $350. Families and Seniors living on Fixed Income, paycheck to paycheck not receiving State or Federal Pensions, I believe will be overwhelmed financially.

Many had received the Homestead Rebate Relief Last Year, but this year with the negotiations being conducted in Trenton it is possible that the Rebate may be cut in half.

As Councilman dePierro just mentioned unnecessary new hires newly created Municipal positions and additional costs incurred under this administration have impacted this budget.

Had the Murphy administration in Trenton extended the 2% cap, this administration would be FORCED to REJECT this proposed budget and adhere to the cap in the interest of property owners.

Therefore, I vote NO to the 2018 Proposed Budget.



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