South Orange receives $250,000 grant from DCA

South Orange receives $250,000 grant from DCA

TRENTON, NJ — The Murphy administration and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Division of Local Government Services announced July 7 the award of 20 Local Efficiency Achievement Program grants to local governmental entities across New Jersey. These grants, totaling $2.478 million, will help local governments pursue shared services initiatives to reduce taxpayer costs […]

S&P Global upgrades South Orange’s bond rating to AA

S&P Global upgrades South Orange’s bond rating to AA

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Village Trustee Karen Hartshorn Hilton, who chairs the village’s Finance Committee, announced June 27 that Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings has upgraded South Orange Village’s bond rating, from AA- to AA.  “This is the second year in a row that S&P has improved our rating, continuing to strengthen our […]

S&P Global issues ‘positive’ outlook on South Orange Village

S&P Global issues ‘positive’ outlook on South Orange Village

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Village Trustee Karen Hartshorn Hilton, who is also chairperson of the South Orange Village Finance Committee, announced July 2 that Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings has revised its outlook for South Orange from stable to positive.  “This is great news for our taxpayers, as this improved credit rating puts us in […]

Firefighters unions agree to pay freeze, village to hire and promote within department

Firefighters unions agree to pay freeze, village to hire and promote within department

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees passed two resolutions at a special meeting on Aug. 3, both memorandums of agreement with the local firefighters unions to enact a salary freeze through 2021 as a result of budget shortfalls caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Both FMBA Local 40 and FMBA Local […]

Police, firefighter unions send scathing letter to SOBOT; trustees and Collum fire back and support proposed pay freezes

Police, firefighter unions send scathing letter to SOBOT; trustees and Collum fire back and support proposed pay freezes

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Locked in a feud with the New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association and the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, the South Orange Board of Trustees and South Orange Village President Sheena Collum released a statement in response to a letter that FMBA President Edwin Donnelly and PBA President Patrick […]

BOT introduces $36.8M budget

BOT introduces $36.8M budget

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Board of Trustees introduced the 2020 budget at its virtual May 11 meeting, passing the $36,873,694.78 budget, in which municipal taxes will be raised by 2.72 percent, on first reading with a 5–0 vote. The average increase between 2011 and 2020 has been 1.8 percent, while the average […]

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