Belt-Tightening In Maplewood, Montclair

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Dire budgets are forcing cutbacks in still more Essex County towns. According to today’s Star Ledger, Maplewood has laid off 10% of its municipal workers and is merging its violations bureau with South Orange. There are furloughs planned for the entire year and library hours are being cut. Maplewood Patch, a local news Web site, says Maplewood’s deputy mayor has proposed merging its library, public works, police and fire services with South Orange. Maplewood is looking at a $3 million budget shortfall for the year.

The Star Ledger also has Montclair’s township manager thinking out loud in a way he might come to regret. There’s a state funding formula for libraries and Montclair apparently has been putting $1.3 million more than required into its two branches. Joseph Hartnett seems to have implied to the paper that that could be on the chopping block if the town loses a lot of funding from Trenton.

Things look better over in Millburn. The Millburn-Short Hills Patch has reported that while the township may make changes to garbage collection, it does not see the need for layoffs in 2010.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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