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DiVincenzo Submits $749 Million County Budget for Review

Small tax increase proposed for 2014 spending plan.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo
Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo

By Paul Milo

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Friday introduced a $749 million county budget Friday calling for a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy, a spending plan

“Introducing our budget in January provides our department and division directors and constitutional officers with a solid framework to operate throughout the year and gives our municipal partners and constituents a clear snapshot of what to expect from the county,” DiVincenzo said in a statement.

The proposed budget includes special reserve funds for payroll, snow removal and other expenses which DiVincenzo said will help “spread costs over several years.”

It also calls for $4 million out of a $44 million in reserve funds to be used as revenue in 2014. Other sources of revenue include $40 million for housing federal inmates as well as inmates from Gloucester County at the Essex County jail; $14 million from the state of New Jersey for treating patients to the county psychiatric treatment facility in Cedar Grove; and about $11 million from in revenue from golf courses, the Turtle Back Zoo and other county park facilities.

The budget will be presented to the county Board of Chosen Freeholders for review.
Marcus Cicero January 13, 2014 at 07:38 PM
The population of Essex County is over 700,000. The population of the State of Wyoming is under 600,000. Essex's budget is under $1 billion. Wyoming's budget is over $3 billion. Seems to me that Wyoming, with all of its additional federal subsidies (including 40% of its land controlled by the federal government), can learn something from Democrats in New Jersey!

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