PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield's City Council members will hold a Combined Agenda Fixing Session/Regular Meeting via video conference on Monday at 7 p.m.
The agenda includes the Department of Finance's resolution (R 161-20) to introduce the 2020 Plainfield Municipal Budget in the amount of $88,005,023.45.
A March 31 robocall from Mayor Adrian O. Mapp indicated there could be a revenue shortfall of $18 million dollars. "As for our budget, we expect to introduce it on or about April 13 at a special meeting of the council. The city's revenues have been dramatically affected. That means we may not generate the level of funds necessary to keep the city afloat. Our finance professionals estimated that under a worst case scenario, we could have a revenue shortfall of about 18 million dollars."
Resident Mary Burgwinkle laid out a list of expenditures she thinks the city should carefully examine to pare back, including the North Avenue Pedestrian Mall project, developer contributions to the city, the use of consultants, and the use of city-owned vehicles, to name a few.
Another resident, Alan Goldstein, emailed City Council members with concerns that a copy of the budget is not available for the public to view before a vote is taken.
He added, "Further, and admittedly sight-unseen, if I were voting Monday I would reject the introduced budget for the simple reason it is only prolonging the scam surrounding the payment of solid waste disposal costs. The total cost of disposal of solid waste generated within the city's geographic boundaries is supposed to be included in the City budget per Section 203B of the Inter Local Agreement between the City and PMUA."
You must register to participate in the public comment part of the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you do not have access to a computer, you may call 1 (213) 929-4232 to listen only. Enter Pin #676-439-963.
The meeting will be recorded and posted on the city’s website.
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