Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Manalapan's Early Budget Numbers Don't Add Up

You may remember that it was daTruthSquad that told you previously that da state was going to slice off $1 million dollars from the aid it sent a year ago to Manalapan. Now, due to a state mandate that budgets have to be announced by da end of April, Manalapan's alleged town leaders have indeed announced a budget, but when you look at da early numbers, something isn't adding up.

ISSUE 1: Manalapan’s 2009 budget was $31.9 million dollars. Da proposed budget for 2010 is $32,686,748.

Now, we checked with a 2nd grader, and daTruthSquad's math was confirmed. In case "fiscal conservatives" Mayor Andy Boy and da Queen didn't notice this, da proposed 2010 budget, at a time that da state is in fiscal chaos, is actually higher than that of 2009.

Why da added increase? Does Manalapan need to pay their lawyers more money because they have to defend themselves after their 25-month loss to da Mosked Man in da "Legal Malpractice Case To Nowhere?" Or, maybe it's da defamation case Police Chief Brown is bringing against da Queen? And, before you ask, YOU DA TAXPAYER are paying for both cases to be defended, with no caps, and sparing no expense!

ISSUE 2: No Village, no ratables, no problem!

This proposed 2010 budget, as it was introduced calls for YOU DA TAXPAYER to fork over $20.2 million dollars in local taxes to support the spending plan. Now, follow da bouncing ball of budget blunders here --- da 2009 tax levy was $18.8 million that YOU DA TAXPAYER had to cover last year --- meaning, da overall proposed 2010 budget is going up $700,000, but your portion of local taxes is going up $1.4 million!

To be fair, and those numbers don't lie, we checked with a 3rd grader, and they tell daTruthSquad this means da budget burden on YOU DA TAXPAYER is increasing sharply!

ISSUE 3: Your taxes, as proposed, WILL GO UP.

Even when you adjust for last year's property reassessment, da budget as they introduced it will still raise the municipal tax rate by 2.5 cents per $100 dollars of da assessed valuation. The 2009 budget, which "Hear No Evil. See No Evil and Looking Evil" enacted in 2009 raised the municipal tax rate by 1.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation --- this proposed one raises it by 2.5 cents per $100 dollars of assessed valuation!

Again, to be fair, we checked with a 1st grader on this one, and indeed, this would not only be higher, but it will mean a local tax increase.

ISSUE 4: No cuts, no pay freezes, no problem!

Apparently one person was laid off in town, but that doesn't really count since that layoff already happened and wasn't due to this budget. There is absolutely no word in Town Hall of anyone getting a pay freeze, or pay cut, or anything like that. What Governor Christie is demanding from state workers and others apparently doesn't apply in da town where your property taxes will most likely be going up.

ISSUE 5: What about da local school budget?

At da last meeting, daTruthSquad watched as many others in attendance with us at that meeting saw kids from da Manalapan schools come up and practically beg da Manalapan Township Committee not to cut their school budgets. There was one kid who made things clear when he said "This is our future." These kids showed more poise and guts than some members of da committee! However, unfortunately for these kids, their fate, much like ours, is in da hands of Mayor Andy Boy and his tax raisers.

Here's an idea from daTruthSquad - Maybe da Manalapan Township Committee should think about having some of these kids be a part of da budget process. Maybe their insights can help them craft a budget that will be a benefit - not a detriment - to da kids of Manalapan.

DaTruth is, as things stand now, something certainly isn't adding up. Da state takes away $1,000,000 from Manalapan, but da tax burden on Manalapan homeowners is going up $1,400,000? Da state cut our budget, but we can't cut our own?? Proving there were no real cuts, da 2010 budget will be higher than da 2009 budget??? Da "fiscal conservatives" Queen and Andy Boy can't find places to cut da budget???? Do we have to pay so much in lawyer's fees????? Is this why da budget is increasing??????

Are we da only ones seeing more questions marks here???????

Granted, da budget isn't a finished product, and maybe that's a good thing. But we will be watching closely, and considering Mayor Andy Boy is up for reelection this year, he'd better prove he's an actual GOP'er and not a RINO, and cut da budget. If he needs any help doing this, obviously, da Queen is da perfect person to help him, because as she said at Brookdale College when she was running for State Assembly last year, she is a "fiscally conservative Democrat. Most Republicans are shocked that I am more fiscally conservative than they are."

Queenie, not for nothing, but we're all shocked at that one. Can it be true that da Queen is "more fiscally conservative than they are?"

So Andy, if you need pointers from someone who is apparently more fiscally conservative than you may be, by her own admission, then seek out da Queen for budget advice. And remember, this is an election year for you - something voters certainly won't be forgetting if their taxes go up.

And that's daTruth.

39 comments:

Morty Sabbath said...

Hey, I have the idea that will close the gap--> fire the chief and sue Moskovitz for malicious prosecutuion!

Anonymous said...

Morty, that would be a wonderful idea, if the Chief weren't such a highly decorated officer of the law and probably the best police chief this town has ever had. As for suing Stu Moskovitz, maybe you can do that, but that would have to come after Chief Brown loses his case, which the odds on that happening are much like winning the lottery, almost impossible thanks to a few YouTube videos which make for great evidence.

Maybe we can fire Roth? Lucas of course can be fired in November by the voters.

Anonymous said...

Interesting math analysis. The state cuts a million from Manalapan, but the burden on Manalapan taxpayers gors up almost $1.5 million?

"Fiscal Conservatives" my rear end.

Anonymous said...

Elect Joey D he'll get to the bottom of this!

Anonymous said...

definitely, what we need is an 8th grade drop-out who is so schooled in common sense that he thinks stu is a good guy.

Anonymous said...

Sure beats the crap out of any Harvard or Princeton graduate who can't add 2+2, even when it comes to their own finances.

kathy said...

Eh! Joey D can power wash a house with the best of them. So of course he's qualified to weigh in on weighty and complicated issues that involve today's municipal budgets. Budgets rife with rising costs that are mandated by contract and law no matter how many uninformed political shills try to spin the tax problem every town faces due to these same unavoidable increases. If you've watched him sit mute on the school board over the years than you know the on-the-job=training in big budget matters hasn't exactly, shall we say, sparked. But hey, maybe the on-the-job training he could gather while on the TC and under Stu's tutelage would serve him better.

What? I know. You were thinking of re-electing that bright, Princeton-educated Economics graduate.

Why vote in someone with an understanding of these important fiscal matters when you can give a toady his leaf on the political pond.

Anonymous said...

Considering the way both Andy and Michelle have been responsible for creating the highest tax rate in Manalapan history, maybe it's time a power washer took a try at it.

Anonymous said...

I'm very curious to see what the TC does with the school budget. My guess is they will cut more than they need to in order to compensate for the tax hike you talked about in this blog. If that happens, then you have converted me into a Squad follower, because that would mean everything you said in this blog will have come true.

Anonymous said...

They have to raise taxes in Manalapan. Who do you think will be paying for all of the lawyers who will be defending Roth from all the lawsuits she has started in this town?

Anonymous said...

Hey Kathy, you say watch Joey D on the school Board sit mute? I guess you have never gone to a BOE meeting because he does anything but that. Look at his record for cutting spending on the BOE and how he was, and still is the only one one the Board that is staying strong against the NJEA union. He is the only one that is looking out for the people of Manalapan with no political agenda for any side. Lets see one of those Assembly-Freeholder wanna bees do that. And as far as a power washer, the man is in a legitimate business, and works hard for his money, lets see you say that about the Bullsh--er, or the closet Princeton boy.

Anonymous said...

Joey D is smarter than those stupid Ivy League people who are so dumb all they do is raise taxes. How smart does one have to be to raise taxes ?

Joey D has enough education and common sense to cut through the bull and the backroom deals to lower Manalapan taxes.

Be smart as can be vote for the tax cutting MR. JOEY D!!!

Anonymous said...

Many of our great Presidents didn't have a college education. They had the same thing Joey D has big balls and big on doing what's right for the people!

Joey D will do what's right for the citizens of Manalapan and keep expenses affordable. These Obama Ivy League democratic socialists just want to tax and spend! Joey D has the brains and the balls to stop the Obama Democratic socialists who are raising taxes in Manalapan. Vote Joey D.

Anonymous said...

we'ss see how smart these right-wing power washer tea-partiers are when the garbage is piling up in front of their houses and there is a crime wave because of the police cutbacks.

Morty Schwartz said...

"Joey D has the brains and the balls to stop the Obama Democratic socialists who are raising taxes in Manalapan."

yeah, the problem is that his balls are where his brains should be, and vice versa.

Anonymous said...

Morty, Joey D's a tough and smart street guy who can stand up to your childish insults. Joey D is a REAL man who WILL keep Manalapan affordable. We need Joey D to watch over the Obama socialists Democrats.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the person who was nabbed for fraud by Elliot Spitzer should be talking about someone else's balls and brains being confused, do you? Frankly, no normal person who has been nationally disgraced like the securities fraud artist would be dumb enough to keep putting his name out there with ridiculous posts that only prove his lack of intelligence, degree or no degree.

Anonymous said...

if obama is a "socialist", then bush--who put the private sector into the rescuing hands of the US Government--is a communist, and you and Joey D are neo-nazis. why don't you shove the stupid labels where they belong and start making sense.

Anonymous said...

I could care less about the guy's politics, but if Joey D or anyone else can do a better job than the people who have been raising my taxes for years, more power to him. If Joey D runs, he has my vote.

Anonymous said...

If Michelle Roth is a "fiscal conservative" then we're all Socialists.

Anonymous said...

Morty Schwartz was caught engaging in securities fraud by whoremonger Spitzer? I say let's have Morty on the TC, whoever he is!

Anonymous said...

With the state's finances in the toilet, and taxes still going up and aid from the state to Manalapan cut, what do these boneheads on the township committee do? They not only don't cut anything so their friends in townhall don't lose jobs or pay, but my guess is they're going to take out their frustrations on the school kids and cut teacher jobs. Watch and see. I'll bet the mayor and his gang cut $1 million from the school budget so they can balance their own. That would be an attack on the kids, something I'll definitely remember in November.

Anonymous said...

When is Lucas officially going to announce he's really a Democrat. He'd make a great running mate for Michelle Roth next year.

Anonymous said...

How low can you get when someone like Eliot Spitzer is offended by your lack of ethics and morals, Morty! Putting you on the Township Committee would be like having TWO Michelle Roths on the TC.

Anonymous said...

Wherever you found that video of Roth saying she's a fiscal conservative and republicans are surprised to find out she's more a fiscal conservative than they are - PRICELESS!

Anonymous said...

MORTY SCHWARTZ should be JOEY D's running mate!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ahh, "MortySchwartz" the knee-jerk Democrat for whom even Eliot had contempt for lack of ethics and morals. You can't get lower than that!!

Re: 'I say let's have Morty on the TC, whoever he is' said...

Morty Schwartz can't powerwash. He can't power anything except his mouth.

Anonymous said...

Nice job cutting the school budget. I wonder how many teachers will be out of work and how large class sizes will be so you fools can balance your own budget and give pay raises to your friends?

Anonymous said...

I've had enough with both of these politcial parties. Personally, I think they're working together to keep themselves in power. I'd vote for Joey D or anyone else who isn't aligned in the Roth-Lucas Axis of Evil!

Anonymous said...

It's time to power wash Manalapan and make it corruption Free - So Vote with me for JOEY D!

Anonymous said...

let's have all independents running everything~~~> joey D for TC, mortyschwartz for chairman of the SEC, steve maness for governor, and dennis kucinich and ron paul for pres and veep.

Anonymous said...

Joey D has proven he's his own man. As a successful business owner he'll keep costs low. Now more than ever Manalapan needs Joey D!

Anonymous said...

What are you Joey D's mother? As I recall there was another person on the BOE who voted for no tax increase. How come she is not lauded? Methinks there is something esle going on. Good thing this is the only place you are campaigning.

Anonymous said...

joey D

the squad's own man

powerwashed

and then he ran.

Anonymous said...

Joey D

Who can he be

A man who's not afraid to set us free

Free from lawsuits
Free from high taxes
Free from the drama
Free from the Obama Socialist Democrats

Joey D a proven cost cutter and CEO founder of his own very successful Company.

Who can this strong man be why it's Joey D Vote Vote Vote Joey Joey Joey D

Mediocre Manalapan said...

Help us with the dumbing down of the town. Vote for Joey D and you'll see.

Anonymous said...

The town is dumb with the lack of common intelligence with the current Ivy League crowd messing things up. Joey D's street smart and tough. He's got THE POWER to lower taxes!! Joey D has got my vote!

Stop stuffing the ballot box said...

You can only vote one time, pal