What You Need To Know About The 2016 Town Budget


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The 2016 Verona budget was prepared through four public workshops. We’re including the full video of each meeting and links to let you jump to particular sections of each meeting.

March 3, 2016 Budget Workshop

The meeting begins with an overview of the budget–and budgeting process–by Matthew Laracy, Verona’s finance official.  Key sections are:
Construction Code
Longevity Pay
Fire Department
Public Works

March 10, 2016 Budget Workshop

The meeting again opened with an overview of the Police Department budget, which is almost 50% of Verona’s municipal budget in terms of personnel costs. Staffing in the tax assessor’s office received significant scrutiny. Key topics at this meeting are:
Police Department
Municipal Court
Community Services (Recreation, Health):
Tax Assessor

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March 15, 2016 Budget Workshop

Spending on Public Works Department items like roadways dominated the meeting and there is no longer any longevity pay in the Finance Department. The Library’s Children’s Room is getting a much needed renovation and Library card holders can now borrow from 20 other towns’ collections. Key points of the meeting are:
Verona Public Library
Streets & Highways, Recycling, Shade Tree
Legal & Professional Services
Administrative & Executive

March 31, 2016 Budget Workshop
Presented in full on the first page of this story, the March 31 meeting focused on reconciling spending plans and cuts discussed in the previous three sessions. Town Manager Matthew Cavallo presented four possible budget options, which over the course of the meeting coalesced into a fifth option that had support of four of the five Council members: Mayor Ryan, Deputy Mayor Nochimson and Councilmen Roman and Jay Sniatkowski. Councilman Bob Manley expressed support for option four.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
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 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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