Daily Archives: March 30, 2009

Yet Another Example for Middletown to Follow In order to Reduce the Tax rate

Colts Neck has finialized it’s budget according to an article in the Asbury Park Press.

The budget, which will is to be adopted on April 29th calls for just a 1 cent increase to the municipal tax rate. 
Colts Neck Mayor Ben Forester blamed the increase on the decline in state aid :
“In general, the challenges faced by the Township Committee in preparing this year’s budget were much more on the revenue side, rather than appropriations,” Forester explained. “The continued erosion of state aid, less available surplus, lower interest rates and a slightly lower tax collection rate were mitigated by reductions in most budgets, less capital spending and the use of additional surplus to offset the tax increase.”
This just goes to show you that if you are willing to reduce spending  by looking for places in the budget that could be cut , as opposed to increasing or maintaining services such as Middletown, the need for huge tax increases to balance the budget would not be needed.
With a $7+million hole in this years budget, the Middletown GOP majority has to stop blaming others for the current mess the budget is in.  It’s time to cut  spending. if that means that residents may not be able to enjoy Park and Recreation events, or have to get to the tax office before well before closing, then so be it. If not, then residents will be looking at a double digit increase to the tax rate in Middletown.
Good job Colts Neck, now lets see if Middletown can follow your lead.


Filed under Budget, Budget Shortfall, Colts Neck, Middletown, Middletown GOP

Stopping The Presses For Good

Yesterday  on CBS’s Sunday Morning news program, Jeff Greenfield reported on the precarious position that the newspaper industry finds itself in with the advent of Internet.

Many people are aware the that printed word is dying.  Newspapers all across the country are stopping their presses and  turning off the lights as more and more readers get their news almost instantly from online news aggregator, blogs and electronic copies of their favorite newspapers. 
It was an interesting look at an industry that is slowly dying, but trying desperately to reinvent itself and remain relevant. It’s weel worth a watch if you missed it. 

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Filed under CBS News, demise of newspapers, Jeff Greenfield, stopping the presses, Sunday Morning

President Obama’s Weekly Address: 3/28/09

The President addresses the people of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota as they face down disastrous flooding. He speaks of what the government is doing, but also stresses that times of crisis like this are reminders of the need and opportunity Americans have to keep their dedication to service.

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Filed under FEMA, Mid-West flooding, President Obama, weekly address