Government

Falling in Love Just Got a Little More Expensive in Verona, but All for a Good Cause

adf097144a2174881aed_mini_magick20180208-60889-1e55odk.jpg
adf097144a2174881aed_mini_magick20180208-60889-1e55odk.jpg

VERONA, NJ - It’s a little more expensive to fall in love in Verona these days.  As they say, nothing in life is free, even love.  The town council adopted an ordinance at its Monday meeting establishing a $100 fee for officiating a marriage, civil union, or domestic partner ceremony by township officials.

Previously there was no charge for the service.  The ordinance that passed 3-2, actually amended township code, creating the $100 fee while also setting the maximum fee for a public defender application at $200..

Township Manager Matthew Cavallo explained that one of the first things that Mayor Kevin Ryan pointed out to him when he began his tenure with the township two years ago was that Verona did not charge a fee to officiate marriages, while other local townships did.  According to Cavallo the state of New Jersey does allow municipalities to charge for the service, however the money cannot go directly to the officiant.  Instead it must go to the township’s current fund.  It can then be distributed to the officiant via salary ordinance, but that is not what Verona intends to do.

Sign Up for E-News

“What we are planning to do here is the money collected in the current year will be budgeted in the subsequent year into a line item in the budget,” Cavallo explained.  “It will be used to purchase of safety equipment by the Verona Rescue Squad and the Verona Fire Department.”

While the ordinance passed, there were two dissenting votes from Councilmen Ted Giblin and Alex Roman.

“I think there are people out there who may not have the resources to pay for this,” Giblin said. “I think Verona’s been able to administer weddings for the last 110 years without charging.  My feeling is that at least for the marriages and so forth I could not be in favor of it.  I support the public defender fee but they are bundled together.”

Roman also expressed reservation noting that the township already allots money to the purchase of safety equipment and that the fees collected would not be significant enough to make an impact.  

“I know why we’re doing this, but I’m a little lukewarm on charging.  Ted makes a very good point.  If someone really wants to get married, we shouldn’t be the ones standing in the way,” Roman said.  “Sometimes I think we charge fees on things just to charge fees on things.”  

Councilman Jack MacEvoy voiced his support of the ordinance, noting that the fee is minimal and would go to a good cause, while Dep. Mayor Michael Nochimson said he would have supported a higher fee.  

“”Well originally I was for a $200 fee.  I think $100 is very reasonable.  Charging nothing doesn’t make any sense,” said Nochimson.  “I think in life you teach your kids there’s nothing for free.”  

Mayor Ryan said that while he understood Giblin and Roman’s concerns,he supported the ordinance noting there are many other options for people to get married if they cannot afford Verona’s fee.  

“If someone really wants to get married, there are ways of doing it,”  Ryan said.  “And I’m going to disagree with you to an extent Alex-- while it may seem like a token amount of money it’s still money that wasn’t there before.”

TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove  is an online newspaper serving the Townships of Verona and Cedar Grove. TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is a locally owned news organization serving the community.

Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Got a news tip or opinion? email us at jmoreno@tapinto.net

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Students Demand Action to host 'Day of Action' on Columbine Anniversary at Brookdale Park

April 18, 2018

Students Demand Action Essex County will host “April 20 Day of Action: Gun Reform Education Fair” to educate and inform local students about the need for gun reform in our nation, inspire them to be activists, and honor the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting.

The April 20 event will take place in at Brookdale Park (lower field by Bellevue entrance) in ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

April 16, 2018

April 8, 2018 – April 15, 2018

On April 9, 2018 at 7:50 a.m., Ptl. Jason Rivers responded to a Cedar Street address to take a report of a stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle was stolen from the driveway during the overnight hours. Patrolman Rivers was able to locate the vehicle using an application installed by the dealer on the owner’s phone. Detectives responded to that area in ...

Montville Residents & Twp Committee Ask for Resignation of Committeewoman over Facebook Post

April 15, 2018

MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee voted to censure Committee Member June Witty for a personal Facebook post she made on April 8 which compared Democrats to Nazis. All four members of the five-person committee asked for her resignation.

The post, a chart which states that Nazis believed in “media mind control,” “no guns,” abortion, and ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, April 23, 7:00 PM

Hospital Auditorium, Glen Ridge

Tour of the Birthing Center

Health & Wellness

Wed, April 25, 7:00 PM

Hospital Conference Room 2 (Ground Floor), Glen Ridge

Becoming a Parent

Health & Wellness

Wed, April 25, 7:30 PM

Cedar Grove Public Library , Cedar Grove

The Bellevue Theater: Fade to Black or double ...

Arts & Entertainment

Register Now for the Verona Music Parent Association 3rd Annual Spring Golf Outing

April 22, 2018

VERONA, NJ - Calling All Golfers -- the Verona Music Parents Association is hosting its 3rd Annual Spring Golf Outing on May 9. at the Black Bear Golf Club in Franklin, NJ.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. shot gun start.  Barbecue lunch will be provided.  To register visit vmpagolf.org.

All money raised will benefit the Verona High School Music Department.  

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...