Whatever Union County can’t get from raising taxes as much as is allowable under the tax cap and stealing Open Space taxes they bond for each summer. This year it is $59 million:
776-2016 BOND ORDINANCE TO AUTHORIZE THE MAKING OF VARIOUS PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS AND THE ACQUISITION OF NEW ADDITIONAL OR REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY, NEW ADDITIONAL FURNISHINGS, NEW COMMUNICATION AND SIGNAL SYSTEMS EQUIPMENT, NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND NEW AUTOMOTIVE VEHICLES, INCLUDING ORIGINAL APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT, IN, BY AND FOR THE COUNTY OF UNION, STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TO APPROPRIATE THE SUM OF $58,933,154 TO PAY THE COST THEREOF, TO APPROPRIATE STATE GRANTS, TO MAKE A DOWN PAYMENT, TO AUTHORIZE THE ISSUANCE OF BONDS TO FINANCE SUCH APPROPRIATION AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BOND ANTICIPATION NOTES IN ANTICIPATION OF THE ISSUANCE OF SUCH BONDS.
The Westfield Leader noticed that the amount was a little higher this year:
Union County freeholders introduced a $58.9-million0-general-purpose bond ordinance last Thursday, by far the biggest ticket item on the 11-page agenda….The bond was $15 million more than a similar ordinance passed last year and the largest amount of what has become an annual summer action over more than a decade by the freeholders , eclipsing the $49.6 million bond adopted in 2011.
The only details…were included in the printed agenda, and read aloud….The wording was similar to past years. A public hearing and final vote is scheduled for Thursday, August 18.
Looking over the Ordinance itself provides no more detail as the word ‘various’ is appended to practically every line item.