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For years Kearny's budget has been propped up with funds from the Urbban Enterprise Zone. How do you feel not that these funds have been frozen and you won't be getting them this year? You gave 4% raises over the next 4 years. How are you going to fund them? Now you know how Harrison feels. Time to get the budget and start getting rid of the dead wood.

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For years Kearny's budget has been propped up with funds from the Urbban Enterprise Zone. How do you feel not that these funds have been frozen and you won't be getting them this year? You gave 4% raises over the next 4 years. How are you going to fund them? Now you know how Harrison feels. Time to get the budget and start getting rid of the dead wood.

Can't begin to tell you how misinformed you are. Zone money is never used to "prop up" the budget or to fill in gaps. The state is very specific about how the allocated money is used and there are very, very stringent oversights to see each project to completion. If the UEZ program is frozen, then surely Kearny will suffer in that it will not be able to complete any approved capital projects, but the regular revenue and expenditure process (the budget) will not be effected.

Kearny, unlike Harrison, has employed fiscally sound, though sometimes unpopular, methods under Mayor Santos. Therefore Kearny will not be joining Harrison and so many other towns in the current economic abyss.

If, as your screen name suggests, you are a Harrison resident, you are not in a position to chide Kearny about "dead wood". At least when Kearny gave raises, we didn't have to layoff half the town to pay them. Clean your own house before you look for the dust in mine!

BTW: Kearny does not have the luxury of being an Abbott School District. We actually have to budget for school expenses, too.

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Can't begin to tell you how misinformed you are. Zone money is never used to "prop up" the budget or to fill in gaps. The state is very specific about how the allocated money is used and there are very, very stringent oversights to see each project to completion. If the UEZ program is frozen, then surely Kearny will suffer in that it will not be able to complete any approved capital projects, but the regular revenue and expenditure process (the budget) will not be effected.

Kearny, unlike Harrison, has employed fiscally sound, though sometimes unpopular, methods under Mayor Santos. Therefore Kearny will not be joining Harrison and so many other towns in the current economic abyss.

If, as your screen name suggests, you are a Harrison resident, you are not in a position to chide Kearny about "dead wood". At least when Kearny gave raises, we didn't have to layoff half the town to pay them. Clean your own house before you look for the dust in mine!

BTW: Kearny does not have the luxury of being an Abbott School District. We actually have to budget for school expenses, too.

Then where does the UEZ funds go? What capital projects do they fund? . Where are you going to get money to replace the funding taken away from the schools? Looks like Kearny is going to get another substantial tax hike. Is that a fiscally sound policy while others in the private sector have lost their jobs?

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Then where does the UEZ funds go? What capital projects do they fund? . Where are you going to get money to replace the funding taken away from the schools? Looks like Kearny is going to get another substantial tax hike. Is that a fiscally sound policy while others in the private sector have lost their jobs?

Recent UEZ projects have been sewer separations, the Avenue streetscape, water improvements, revolving small business loans, street repaving in the designated Zone areas and many others. While I don't minimize the importance of the prospect of losing such funding, Kearny's ability to survive the economic situation does not hinge on the UEZ Program.

The school funding has nothing to do with UEZ money and if Kearny has to raise taxes to provide for the school system, it is not because of municipal mismanagement but because the state has not been as responsible as the town.

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