Union County Watchdog Founder To Speak At Upcoming Workshop

BLOOMFIELD — You can fight town hall and Citizens for Limited Government, a statewide nonprofit 501(c)3 educational organization, is hosting a workshop to give participants the tools they need to do just that on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. at
Bloomfield College.

The local level of government is the one area where citizens feel the most impact through property tax and school board increases and where they have the most power to implement positive change.

The workshop, “Navigating Your Town Hall,” will include a Civics 101 presentation on how local government and town council meetings are run, along with budget issues and role of planning and zoning boards.

  • Chris Rogers, President of NJ Taxpayers Association, will talk about issues affecting property taxes and how to combat wasteful spending.
  • OPRA Attorney Donald Doherty will explain how to use the Open Public Records Act so you can find out where your tax dollars are going, payroll, the amount of vendors and consultants your town is paying, etc.
  • Tina Renna, founder of Union County Watchdog, will give a presentation on how to use those OPRA records to create a watchdog group to keep your town transparent and fight wasteful spending and possible fraud.
  • Attorney Matt Rooney, will discuss state level issues that affect your local budget and the workshop will close out with a presentation by Rick Shafton, who will discuss the impact Sustainable Development is having on local communities, from increased taxes to loss of property rights.

The event is sponsored in part by The Matrix Financial Group, Inc. and a $10 donation is requested. Lunch is included. To register, go to http://navigatetownhall.eventbrite.com/,  email info@citizensforlimitedgov.org or call 1-973-634-4846.

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