Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Montclair Council's Financial Committee wants to reduce the tax levy from the originally proposed increase of 2.4 percent to 1.9 percent.
The Montclair Council has taken steps to reinvest in township libraries, schooling and homeless services in 2013, all while decreasing the tax levy. The council’s Financial Committee unveiled a new commitment to funding services that have been reduced in recent years at a special budget meeting on Tuesday. The committee nixed more $180,000 in other areas to not only fund these local services, but reduce the municipal tax levy increase from 2.4 percent to 1.9 percent, according to township estimates. “This is good news; this is good stuff,” said Councilwoman Robin Schlager after hearing about the increased funding of community services. The committee — comprised of Mayor Robert Jackson, and Councilors William Hurlock and Renee …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Montclair Public Library requests $3,048,749 for 2013, still about $800,000 less than its 2008 budget.
The Montclair Public Library called for an increase of $165,000 to its 2013 budget as administrators and volunteers take on growing circulation and attendance. The increase would bring the library’s operating budget to $3,048,749, which is about $800,000 less than the library’s budget in 2008. After managing increasing attendance with less staff and more volunteers, Director David Hinkley said the added funding is necessary to establish a “stable fiscal base” for the fifth largest municipal library in the state. “Despite resulted hours, staffing and material reductions, 2012 use-statistics and volunteer hours demonstrate there is a substantial embedded demand and direct community support for library services in Montclair,” said Hinkley…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
State senate challenger Mark Alexander believes the town's zero percent increase in state aid is unacceptable.
Wednesday, March 6
The following letter was written by Mark Alexander, of Montclair. He is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and current candidate for the New Jersey State Senate in the 34th District. Last week, the New Jersey Department of Education released State aid funding figures for school districts in the coming fiscal year. Overall, I was pleased to see Governor Chris Christie increase education funding by $97.3 million. Investing in our children is important, and I am glad the governor recognized the importance of giving our students all they need to succeed. However, I was dismayed that Montclair again received an overall zero percent increase in education aid. As I read this news as a father and taxpayer, I wondered, "Why we didn…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Nine groups presented how they could use federal funding to provide additional education, outreach and networking opportunities to low- to moderate-income residents in Montclair.
Federal funding is up for grabs, and qualifying organizations presented their cases for why they deserve a piece of that pie on Tuesday night. Nine Montclair groups are asking for $515,000 in federal grants to help benefit low- and moderate-income residents in the areas of education, outreach, networking and infrastructure. At the Montclair Council conference on Tuesday, the organizations presented their project ideas to the council. The council will prioritize the projects, and determine how best to distribute funds. The deadline for the council is in January. The projects will be funded through the Community Development Block Grant program, which is run by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. The exact amount of…
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The Horizon Foundation recently awarded the museum a grant to fund its Family Fun Day.
The Montclair Art Museum recently was awarded a grant that will fund one of its most popular programs. The art museum was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, a subsidiary of the health insurance provider Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Michele Shea, manager of institutional giving at the museum, said the funds will be used for the museum’s “cornerstone community program:” Free Family Day. This bi-annual event is a favorite among museum-goers, said Shea. Residents are free to join the daylong celebration that includes gallery tours, art projects for the young and old alike, games and other activities. “It’s our signature community event,” said Shea. “Grants like this allow us to continue to offer free …