Freeholders get budget schedule

Gun Rights

NEWTON — The Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders will get its first look at the 2020 county budget later this month and expect to have the final spending package ready for a public hearing in early April. Although the county‘s fiscal year began Jan. 1, like most municipal entities in New Jersey, it is necessary to see what is in the governor’s proposed budget for state aid to localities. Because the state‘s fiscal year doesn’t begun until July 1, it‘s budget is not made public until mid-spring. The tentative schedule was presented by County Administrator Gregory Poff at Wednesday‘s board meeting and in semi-response to a Lafayette resident who, during the public comment section of the meeting, compared the apparent lack of interest in the county’s budget with the overflow crowd which appeared at an earlier freeholder meeting on a possible resolution supporting the Second Amendment. “It‘s a shame on the citizens of Sussex County if this room isn’t packed at the next meeting when the budget is adopted,” said Carl Luthman. “We will have no reason to complain (about taxes).” Luthman began his three minutes of open mike by saying he was “angered at the time and effort which has gone into discussion of the Second Amendment.” At the last board meeting in January, the freeholders heard almost two hours from the public discussing a possible resolution by the board in support of Second Amendment rights. The discussion, which is also occurring in local municipal committees and […]

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