Mayor Pasquale Menna ponders the borough’s future on Monday night as he discussed possible cuts in state aid. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Pairing the word ‘doomsday’ with ‘budget’ doesn’t exactly evoke a warm fuzzy feeling, but Red Bank officials are prepared to put them together if the state’s new governor, Chris Christie, runs a scythe through state aid this budget season, as he’s all but promised.
Because about 16 percent, or roughly $320 million, of Red Bank’s assessed value consists of non-profits meaning the borough doesn’t collect taxes from those groups but still has to provide necessary services to them a major loss, like 25 percent as Christie has proposed, would be crippling, said councilman Michael DuPont.
That’s why he asked the council to get on board with a message to Trenton urging state officials to recognize Red Bank’s unique situation and be kind with its cuts.
“I think the state needs to understand this is a hardship,” DuPont said.