PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plan to attend some online meetings this week to stay informed on what's going on in the Queen City. A Board of Education special meeting will focus on the school board budget, and deliberations begin for two divisions of city government. Another meeting has been scheduled to discuss property taxes. Here's a rundown for you.
Mayor Adrian O. Mapp has called for a special meeting on Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. to consider and act on two items:
- A resolution to extend the grace period for property taxes from May 1 to June 1, 2020.
- A resolution authorizing the issuance of tax anticipation notes.
The public can join the Zoom meeting HERE.
Board of Education members will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. for a special 2020-2021 budget public hearing. Action will be taken.
Join the Zoom meeting HERE.
- Meeting ID: 894 3369 1139
- Password: 173797
Some takeaways from the presentation available on the district's website include:
- The FY21 proposed budget is $220,998,940, an increase of 6.6% year over year.
- Reasons for the increase include higher health insurance premiums, PEA/PASA contractual obligations, charter schools (+14.8%) and expansions, special education, and increased enrollment. There were over 500 more students enrolled in October 2019 versus a year ago.
- Major facilities projects for FY21 include installing new boilers in both Maxson Middle School and the old Plainfield High School, new air conditioning in Clinton Elementary, remodeling the kitchen and cafeteria at Hubbard Middle School, and electrical panels district-wide.
CANCELED: Mayor Mapp's live chat scheduled for tonight has been canceled.
At 7 p.m. special budget deliberations begin. The budgets for the Plainfield Police Department and the Department of Economic Development will be introduced. The link to access the video conference is available HERE.
The Planning Board will meet online at 7 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. Download the agenda HERE, and register to attend HERE. There are two Applicants on the agenda, and board members will also review the Rushmore Avenue Playground improvement projects.
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