Municipal Aid Cuts Likely To Mean Service Reductions, Layoffs

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STATE – Municipalities found out how much regular state aid they could expect under Gov. Chris Christie’s budget proposal yesterday.

“Mayors, generally speaking, are in shock at the magnitude of the cuts,” said New Jersey League of Municipalities Executive Director William Dressel.

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As with the school aid cuts, cities are the biggest losers in terms of pure dollar value while suburban towns will see a greater percentage cut.

Woodbridge stands to lose nearly $6 million; Elizabeth $4.9 million; Edison, $3.4 million; Linden, $2.9 million; Sayreville, $2.3 million; New Brunswick, $2.3 million; Perth Amboy, $1.7 million; Old Bridge, $1.6 million; Piscataway, $1.5; Plainfield, $1.5 million.

Berekely Heights and Westfield would each see a 23.5 percent reduction, which translates into a loss of $472,000 and $941,000 respectively. Mountainside can expect a 23.4 percent cut, a loss of $235,000.

“Governor Christie and I recognize that municipal governments are facing decreased revenue and fewer resources in this tough economy, but, as the governor has stated, difficult times call for shared sacrifice,” acting Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa said.

To see how your town fared this year, click here. For comparison purposes, you can find last year’s aid figures here.


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