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Navigating Your Local Government
Become an Active Participant in Your Community!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.*
(Formerly the Life Science Building)
177 Liberty Street (corner of Liberty & Spruce)
**$10 donation requested at the door
*We ask that you please arrive at 9:30 a.m. so we can start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Cedar Grove Councilman Joe Chiasulo
Learn how town hall and town council meetings are run - ordinances vs resolutions; what are first and second readings; role of planning and zoning boards; budgetary process; role of citizen comment during meetings
Chris Rogers, Executive Director, NJ Taxpayers Association
Cutting Waste in the Your Local Budget
Learn how to combat wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars on the local level and what role you can play in the process.
Donald Doherty, Attorney
The Role of OPRA
If you want to find out exactly where your tax dollars are going, who is on the payroll, how many vendors a town hires, etc., you have a right to the information. Learn the importance of using OPRA (Open Public Record Act) and how to use it effectively to bring transparency to your town's finances.
Tina Renna, Executive Director, Union County Watchdog
How to Use OPRA Records
Now that you have used OPRA to obtain the information, what can you do with it? Ms. Renna will talk of her experiences in creating a watchdog orgnization and how you can implement those ideas on a local level.
State Issues Affecting Local Budgets
Mr. Rooney will discuss the impact of state legislation that affects your local property taxes.
Agenda 21: Coming to Your Local Government
Learn the issue and how to fight centralized planning in your community.