RED BANK: MURPHY TOUTS LOWER COSTS

Governor Phil Murphy appeared at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank Friday to tout an expected drop in healthcare insurance costs for New Jersey customers of Obamacare. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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MIDDLETOWN: AVERAGE TAX TO RISE $60

taxesBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Middletown Mayor Tony Fiore promised an on-time budget. Check.

He said it’d be significantly smaller than 2010’s budget. Check.

He also promised it would be within the state’s new two-percent property tax cap. Technically a check — although the tax levy will be raised 2.99 percent over the current year’s.

“We are under the two-percent cap but there are a few exemptions,” he said. “Really, the pension costs and the snowstorms took us .99 percent over the cap, but that’s allowed.”

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PALLONE PLANS TOWN HALL ON HEALTHCARE

hot-topic1Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. has scheduled a town-hall style Q&A about health insurance reform for Tuesday, August 25 in Red Bank.

But Pallone, a Long Branch Democrat who chairs a House subcommittee with responsibility for oversight of Medicare and other health-related matters, is facing pressure to find a larger venue than the council chambers at borough hall for the meeting.

Red Bank resident Krishna Tyler, on behalf of the vacationing GOP council candidate Kim Senkeleski, is circulating an email calling on recipients to contact Pallone’s office to ask for a change of locale.
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