Berkeley Heights Sunshine Act

January 19, 2017
Berkeley Heights Sunshine Act Based on recent incidents where the Berkeley Heights Town Council has chosen to hide and confound important information that would provide the town with valuable insight,  I would like to present the Berkeley Heights Sunshine Act.    This Ordinance is an extension of the Open Public Meetings Act.   The sole purpose of this Act is to increase the level of transparency in Berkeley Heights.
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PILOT = No Taxes For Berkeley Heights Schools

December 28, 2016
I would like to present this article for everyone on this list to read in their time off. It is short but very very important. It is a quick overview of PILOT ( Payment in Lieu of Taxes ). Why this is important for Berkeley Heights is that the town seems to be throwing the PILOT term around quite a bit and what we need to realize is that the SCHOOLS get $0 from typical PILOT deals. From the article: What are major arguments *against* tax abatements? --Departure from Equitable Tax Principles.
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Faulkner Act - Mayor-Council-Administrator

December 4, 2016
In accordance with a ballot question that was passed in November 2005, Berkeley Heights switched from a Township Committee form to a Mayor-Council-Administrator form of government under the Faulkner Act or OMCL ( Optional Municipal Charter Law ). There are 4 categories of municipalities under the Faulkner Act. The Mayor-Council-Administrator form that was chosen by Berkeley Heights is the least common of the 4, in fact only 3 municipalities in NJ have chosen this category: Berkeley Heights (2007), North Brunswick and West Millford.
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Zero-Based Budgeting

November 18, 2016
Zero Based Budgeting and the Budget Process: After watching the Novembers issue of the Mayor’s Roundtable I am a bit concerned about some of the discussion that was on there.   This was mostly about two issues:   zero-based budgeting and the budget process.   Wikipedia definition of zero-based budgeting.   Wikipedia defines zero-based budgeting as the following ( from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-based_budgeting ) “Zero-based budgeting...
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2016 Election Results

November 16, 2016
Firstly I would like to thank all of the people that have supported me this election cycle.   It was quite an experience for me and I think that between us we definitely have awakened people in this town. About 6500 people voted and I received 1271 votes which means that just about 20% of the people voted for me.    This is a tremendous achievement for an Independent.   While technically I am a libertarian, the support that I had was bipartisan.  Personally I feel this is a great statement for the town.
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Berkeley Heights Budget Part 2

November 9, 2016
On to part 2 of my multi-part series on taxes and Berkeley Heights.    I would like to discuss tightening of our budget.    I believe it to be very important to run a tight budget.   Doing so provides more control to the Council and can cut back on spending.    There are 2 ways to add fluff to the municipal budget.  1) Overstating appropriations and 2) understating revenues.     Having fluff in a budget leads to unnecessary spending.
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Bullet Vote for Maciejewski for Berkeley Heights Town Council

November 8, 2016
Election Day is here and I would like to ask you to vote for me, and no one else, this is considered a "Bullet Vote" and helps me the most.   There is some confusing wording on the Ballot. The Ballot states, "Members of Township Council - Vote for Two". This is confusing because it is legal to vote for 1, you do not need to vote for 2. The text should really state: "Vote for up to Two". In fact, if you have a single candidate in this race, that you really want to win, their best chance is...
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Berkeley Heights Town Council Election 2016

November 8, 2016
It has been an excellent run for Berkeley Heights Town Council  and I would like to remind you about me and ask you once again for your vote!   I am not a politician, but a resident and taxpayer like you. I love Berkeley Heights. It is a great town and an ideal place for raising children. It offers the perfect balance, being close to NYC but far enough away from the traffic and noise of the city. Berkeley Heights is a great town, however I feel it could be even better.
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Berkeley Heights Taxes

October 22, 2016
As part of a multi-part series on our taxes,  part 1 will focus on how Berkeley Heights deals with debt and in particular what usually happens at the end of a Berkeley Heights Bond’s Life. Introduction: The Berkeley Heights Council historically has a bad habit of re-ante-ing up every time a bond matures.   If we have $100,000 less in payments this year compared to last, they will write a new bond that will have roughly $100,000 in payments.    I believe this to be an undisciplined approach to capital expenditures.
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Bavoso Spreads Misinformation

October 19, 2016
Bavoso on The Berkeley Heights Swap During the Berkeley Heights League of Women Voters Debate that was held on Oct 13, 2016 at Columbia Middle School in Berkeley Heights, Peter Bavoso stated the following during a rebuttal:  “OK Just to mention since Tom gets very excited about this Yellin, First of all the municipal redevelopment falls under the redevelopment law of the state.  This is not one of those issues that is a council issue.
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