Saturday, December 22, 2012
Here is a rundown of what happened this week in town.
A Bloomfield doctor accused of sexually assaulting multiple female patients was found not guilty by an Essex County Superior Court judge on Friday. A bomb threat referencing Montclair High School and its cross town rival Bloomifeld prompted the evacuation of Montclair students and faculty around 2 p.m. Tuesday, according to a school official. A good Samaritan was hit in the face with a gun while trying to interrupt a robbery of three young men at gunpoint, according to the Bloomfield Police Department. The Bloomfield School District budget will end the year in the black, but a lower than usual surplus may end up having an impact on next year’s tax levy. A Bloomfield teenager was carjacked at gunpoint last weekend, according to …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The district ended the year with a $500,000 surplus, nearly $1 million less than in 2011.
The Bloomfield School District budget will end the year in the black, but a lower than usual surplus may end up having an impact on next year’s tax levy. The district’s year-end audit found an approximate $500,000 surplus from the 2011-12 school year. While ending the year with a surplus is always welcomed, Business Administrator Michael Derderian said it was below average. “It’s not a lot,” said Derderian, referring to the year-end total. In 2011, the district pulled in about $1.4 million in surplus. Derderian said the district has typically generated a surplus in excess of $1 million in previous years. The lower surplus is due to unanticipated costs — including increased class sizes which called for hiring more teachers — and …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
A New Jersey Senate Committee voted this week to approve a new 5-cent fee for plastic supermarket bags which will go to fund environmental cleanup.
A new Senate bill could have you paying more for plastic bags at the grocery store. The Carryout Bag Reduction and Recycling Act was approved by a 4-0 vote of the Senate Environmental Energy Committee on Monday that would require stores to charge a 5-cent fee per plastic food bag at the checkout aisle beginning in 2014. On the other hand, the bill would also give a 5-cent rebate or credit for every reusable bag provided by a shopper. In addition, the bill would require stores to only offer recyclable carryout bags by 2015. The bill will soon be taken up in the Assembly, according to NJ.com. The 5-cent fee would go toward the Department of Environmental Protection’s Barnegat Bay Restoration Fund, which works to improve the water …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Department of Education tracks how every tax dollar is spent in West Orange and the state.
Taxpayers in West Orange can now look at how their tax dollars are being spent by the school district -- cent by cent -- with a new guide released by the Department of Education. The “2012 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending” was released last week. This compressive guide includes “a full accounting for all dollars spent on ... schools to provide a complete picture of spending in the state,” according to a press release issued by the DOE. The West Orange School District spent $21,236 per pupil in 2010-11, well above the state average of $17,352. West Orange also ranked 96 out of 106 similar school districts in the state when it came to total per pupil spending. Only the budgeted costs per pupil were provided for the 2011-12 school…
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The following opinion editorial was submitted by Bloomfield resident Russell Mollica.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I have lived in Bloomfield 52 years, my entire life. With every fiber in my being I want redevelopment to be successful. Redevelopment is critical to the revitalization of Bloomfield. It is through redevelopment that desperately needed ratables should be realized to help offset the ever increasing tax burden that every property owner in Bloomfield faces today. And that includes landlords, whose share of the tax burden is passed along in the rents. The downtown redevelopment project is on Bloomfield Town Council’s agenda tonight. The redevelopment project is a complex transaction. Through the Open Public Records Act known as OPRA, numerous Bloomfield taxpayers have come together and received the following: I have read each document …
Friday, November 18, 2011
Planning now may save you time and money next year
With the current tax year winding down, the Internal Revenue Service is encouraging taxpayers to plan now and get organized for next year. “With less than two months to go before the end of the tax year, you may want to set aside a few moments before the busy holiday season to consider some quick IRS tips that may give you the gift of time and money saved next year,” said Dianne Besunder, IRS spokeswoman for New York. Get Your Records Together-- Gather and organize your tax records now to reduce stress at tax time. You should consider setting up a filing system before year end and when your tax documents (W-2’s, 1099s, etc) arrive; file them together so you won’t have to search when you begin to file your tax return. You should keep any …