PLAINFIELD, NJ — It's a rarity in the day of Zoom, but the special meeting that was called by Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp for Monday, November 30, was over in a little more than just ten minutes. The resolution to approve $900K passed, authorizing the approval to submit an application for potential revenue losses, was passed.
The opportunity for the public to speak opened the meeting. Resident Mary Burgwinkle asked about local finance notice 2020-24, and she referenced four bullet point listings of revenue and appropriations that should be identified to make up the $900K, a maximum projection at the high end, during the meeting.
Burgwinkle was the only member of the public to speak. The council proceeded with the reading of resolution 328-20, to authorize the approval to submit an application to the Division of Local Government Services for anticipated revenue losses due to COVID-19.
Councilwoman Ashley Davis asked Director of Finance Ron West to explain, for the public’s knowledge, what the resolution means, and what its benefits are for the municipality and taxpayers.
West said the local finance notice that was referenced offers municipalities an opportunity to submit an application, and request authorization to declare an emergency for expenses or revenues. “In our case, we are projecting a deficit in terms of revenues in the area of around $900,00, and the key contributors to that are areas such as municipal court, your parking fee revenue, your uniform construction code fees,” noting these are some of the bigger costs.
"It’s over the course of six years that we can deal with all of the negative things that occurred to us from a revenue and expense perspective with respect to COVID-19.”
West added that it gives the city more time to “try to deal with all of those situations, and lessen the impact on the taxpayer.”
The resolution passed, with six council members voting yes (Councilman Sean McKenna was absent). The MC-2020-27 ordinance providing for a special appropriation to fund the $900K also passed.
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