Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Property tax relief effort moves to next level

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                Contact: Craig Heard, Chair


                                                                        Phone: 973-219-4542




Property tax relief effort moves to next levelConsulting group contracted to analyze data

ROXBURY, NJ (September 6, 2017)-Roxbury Mount Arlington Consolidation Study Commission has engaged an independent consulting group to analyze and verify the data they have gathered to help determine the extent of property tax savings if the two towns unify. This independent study was funded by a $7500 grant from Courage to Connect NJ which will be presented to the Commission by executive director Gina Genovese during their 7:00pm September 13th meeting at the Roxbury Recreation Center on Eyland Avenue.

The consulting group, Municipal Finance Management Consultants LLC, based out of Bordentown, NJ is comprised of three members all with Masters Public Administration Degrees each with different areas of expertise. Jackeline Egan will focus on the financial, administration and real estate components of consolidation. She gained experience as an analyst for the State of NJ Department of Treasury as well as the Office of Management and Budget. In the private sector, Ms. Egan worked at various banks and Prudential Financial. Anthony Jones will be spearheading the educational consolidation area of the study. He has worked at both Rutgers and Columbia Universities as an academic counselor, educator, mentor and coach. Mr. Jones has written curriculums and has conducted workshops all over the state on leadership and student advocacy. Robyn Kirkland will head up the personnel end of the study using her experience with the NJ Division of Investment and Department of Labor. She is familiar with employment contracts, pension plans/benefits and other Human Resources issues.

"We are so pleased to have Municipal Finance Management Consultants working with us", explained Craig Heard, chair of the Roxbury Mount Arlington Consolidation Study Commission. "We reviewed many proposals for this study and no other consulting group put together a team with this educational level and diverse array of experience."

The Roxbury and Mount Arlington Consolidation Study Commission was established in 2015 to work in partnership and provide residents of Roxbury and Mount Arlington information about municipal consolidation and possible property tax savings. We shall pursue the objective of gathering and analyzing information for the public.

The commission will do this in an open an inclusive manner and will thoroughly review all benefits and detriments of consolidation. The commission may develop a public report and disseminate said report for consideration by the residents of both communities to create an informed public with an understanding of consolidation. The commission shall determine if the matter should be presented to the voters in a referendum.


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