If Middletown’s form of government was intended to get away from committees and advisory boards, as Township Attorney #2 Brian Nelson suggests in the audio clip from the June 1st Township Workshop meeting, then why do we currently have 19 committees and advisory boards sanctioned by township?
Why is it inadvisable to form a Finance Committee to suggest budget savings to the members of the governing committee, but totally fine to have advisory boards look over and make suggestions to the committee about such things as community affairs, strategic planning or parks and recreation? Shouldn’t the Township Committee members be just as involved and hands on in these areas as they want everyone to believe they are with the township’s finances?
Again, the need for a Finance committee is evident in light of this years budget fiasco, a budget that has a shortfall of $2.5 million and a proposed tax increase of 9.2% (could be as high as 10%), which would be the highest in the State.
Middletown has had to ask the State for assistance by requesting permission to wave the 4% cap on budgets, which is very unlikely to happen given that Atlantic Highlands and others requester have been turned down.
Below are 19 Commissions and Advisory Boards that are currently recognized by the Middletown Township Committee:
Clean Communities Advisory Committee
Community Affairs Council
Municipal Alliance for the Prevention of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Human Rights Commission
Local Assistance Board
Lincroft Senior Citizen Housing Corporation
Open Space Preservation Committee
Parks and Recreation Master Plan Steering Committee
Recreation Advisory Board
Strategic Planning Committee
Zoning Board of Adjustment