Monmouth Freeholders Cut Taxes and Spending


Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat's Parade

Freeholder Director Tom Arnone and Deputy Director Serena DiMaso at the Asbury Park St. Pat’s Parade

The all Republican Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved a budget which included a $18.2 million spending cut and a $4.5 million property tax cut last Thursday.

“This budget reduces the tax impact on residents and businesses and returns the amount to be raised by taxation to the 2010 level,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “In January, I called for a roll back of last year’s 1.4 percent tax increase and we have achieved that.”

“Cost cutting and belt tightening over the past six years and the sale of the two County care centers have made it possible for this Freeholder Board to present a budget that resets our spending to below the 2007 amount,” Freeholder Deputy Director Serena DiMaso said.

Monmouth County’s government now spends $5.5 million less on salaries than it did in 2008 and has 1000 fewer employees than it did seven years ago when the Republican Party won control of the Freeholder Board back from the Democrats.

In their press release on Thursday, Monmouth Democrat Chairman Vin Gopal and job seeker Jeff Cantor, Gopal’s candidate for Sheriff, did not congratulate the Republicans on a job well done.  Rather Gopal and Cantor want to know if Sheriff Shaun Golden, also the Monmouth Republican Chairman, favors torturing terrorists.

Gopal and Cantor, a freelance pharmaceutical salesman, say Golden should declare his support, or lack thereof, for Donald Trump for President, because, they say, Trump advocates torturing terrorists.  Golden, who is running for reelection as Sheriff this year, is not on Trump’s national security advisory board and does not favor moving terrorist from Guantanamo Bay to Monmouth County.

But since he wants to go there, Cantor should answer his role, if any, in torturing terrorist.  The pharmaceutical salesman is running for Sheriff based largely on his military service. Cantor served in Iraq from April of 2003 through early 2004.  The torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq occurred between October and December 2003, while Cantor was on the ground in the country.

It is unlikely that Cantor had anything to do with the atrocities at Abu Ghraib.  But it is more plausible, i.e., less ridiculous, than Gopal and Cantor trying to make the campaign for Monmouth County offices about Donald Trump and whether or not he supports torture.



Posted: March 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County News, Monmouth Democrats, Monmouth GOP, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Monmouth Freeholders Cut Taxes and Spending”

  1. Cantor said at 10:35 am on March 28th, 2016:

    …is perhaps trying to draw attention away from the fiscal s**t show that is the Township of Marlboro. You see, unlike Marlboro (which has NOT cut taxes, by the way), the County has provided tax relief WITHOUT one time tricks. Cantor would prove incapable of balancing the county budget because there isn’t a water utility for him to rob blind, as he and his puppetmaster Hornik have done.

  2. @Cantor said at 3:57 pm on March 28th, 2016:

    The County has provided tax relief ONLY due to the fact that it has realized nearly 35 million dollars due to the sale of its nursing homes.

    To say the county has not provided tax relief WITHOUT one time tricks, is truly false, deceptive, and disingenuous.

    So tell the Freeholders to stop beating their chests!

  3. Agree with both said at 8:42 pm on March 28th, 2016:

    above:the Dems are ridiculous, never met tax increases they didn’t like, and the crap about the national race as a distraction from the Dems and their expected abuse of taxpayers in both Marlboro and Asbury, ironically, with their voters’ ok. That being said, doubt the big “holding of the line”or downsizing in the county gimmick would be happening, without the sale of the care centers. One could ask about several disproportionate raises for some ” favorite” employees lately, and places where the “downsizing” of employees may not always result in needed efficiencies.