OPINION: Further scrutiny of our town’s budget, bonding

OPINION: Further scrutiny of our town’s budget, bonding

Point of View, By Joe Krakoviak WEST ORANGE, NJ — Curious about the proposed 2018 municipal budget, its 2-percent tax increase and the proposed $9.2 million bond ordinance that includes a $110,000 “ice bumper car facility”? After the administration’s presentation at the May 22 council meeting, and the subsequent West Orange Chronicle article, it would […]

Gross discusses 2018 municipal budget

Gross discusses 2018 municipal budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Chief Financial Officer John Gross presented the proposed 2018 municipal budget at the May 22 West Orange Township Council meeting, giving council members and residents a better understanding of how much money the township will be spending during the coming year. The total budget is $83,225,484. Of that total, $52,061,359.66 will […]

Board of Education passes preliminary budget

West Orange School District budget for 2018-2019 school year will raise taxes by 1.67 percent

Board of Education passes preliminary budget

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget at its May 7 meeting at Liberty Middle School. The preliminary operating budget totals $149,186,427. Salaries make up 63 percent of the district’s operating costs at $94,315,752. Benefits and special education services combined take up approximately 24 percent of […]

WO may see taxes increase by 2 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council introduced the 2018 municipal budget at its April 10 meeting, proposing a total budget of $83,209,749 for the year. Nearly 64 percent of the operating budget will come from property taxes; the town will collect $52,982,824.98 in taxes — a nearly 2-percent increase, according to business […]

BOE may raise tax levy by 1.67 percent

Preliminary WO School District operating budget for 2018-2019 school year is $149 million

BOE may raise tax levy by 1.67 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget at its special meeting on Monday, April 9, at Liberty Middle School, after receiving an extension from the county to submit the budget for approval. The previous county deadline was March 29. The preliminary operating budget is a total […]

Murphy’s proposed budget puts aside more money for schools

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s first proposed budget increases state “formula” aid that goes directly to school districts by $283.6 million, the initial step toward fulfilling the state’s school-funding obligation, according to a March 15 press release from the NJ Department of Education. The budget also increases aid for expanded preschool, STEM programs and […]

Town Council passes 2018 DWOA budget

Unanimous vote approves $207K budget for Downtown West Orange Alliance’s continuing work

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council unanimously passed the Downtown West Orange Alliance’s budget at its Jan. 9 meeting, approving $207,000 for the 2018 calendar year. The DWOA budget has stayed largely the same over the years although there were some minor changes in specific categories of the budget and new additions […]

WO Council votes 4-1 to build skate park

Construction of skate park on Valley to cost approximately $169K, plus costs for fencing, cameras

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved the construction of a skate park in Jenkins Park that could cost up to $190,131.33. The vote passed 4-1 with council President Joe Krakoviak being the only opposing vote at the July 11 council meeting. Additional costs for the skate park include cameras and fencing, […]

West Orange property tax bill timeframe pushed back

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Property tax bills for property owners in West Orange for the third quarter of 2017 will be mailed late due to possible tax rate changes from the state of New Jersey, according to the township. State and county officials have placed a hold on the tax bill preparation process. The payment […]

TC approves budget, raises taxes by 2 percent

TC approves budget, raises taxes by 2 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Township Council approved the $79,707,320.17 municipal budget for 2017 during its May 23 meeting with a vote of 4-1, with council President Joe Krakoviak being the sole vote against it. The budget — which is $1,312,293.82 more than last year’s — features a tax increase of 2 percent, […]