What Put Oradell First Has Done for Oradell
Red: Opposition Control of Council (2005-2007); Blue: Put Oradell First Control of Council (2008-2010)
Put Oradell First has worked hard to reduce the municipal budget. As you can see, in our first year with three councilmen, under the direction of Finance Chairman Rob Pizzuto, they were successful in achieving only a 1% increase in the budget. ($13,112,500 in 2008, vs. $13,017,396 in 2007). In 2009, they worked hard to achieve a 3% reduction in the budget (12,666,215 vs $13,112,501). In 2010, they reduced the budget by 3% for a second straight year ($12,292,572 vs. $12,666,215).
Additionally, the tax rate which had been averaging about a 7% increase per year in 2006 and 2007 under the Republican control was reduced to an average of 3.05% from 2008-2010.
From 2008-2010, we were faced with much lower revenues due to major cuts in state aid and decreased deferred school taxes than their predecessors. During this time, Put Oradell First worked hard to reduce costs to ensure that all residents would see more stable municipal tax bills while maintaining services.
From 2005-2007 when the council was under Republican control, a home in Oradell saw an average municipal tax increase of $129.00 per year. Under Put Oradell First's control the increase was $88.00 per year, representing a 32% savings per year to the average assessed taxpayer.
All of this was accomplished by working with other communitites to provide shared services, reducing unneccesary spending in each department, and increasing grant monies for community projects totaling in excess of $3.1 million (including the Veterans/Senior Building and road repairs on many of our streets).
Source: Ron Amorino, Borough of Oradell Chief Financial Officer