Monmouth County, New Jersey
- Budget is published.
- Annual audits, financial reports, and debt statements are available.
- Meetings posted on the calendar.
- County freeholders listed with contact information. Meeting minutes and agenda available.
- Information and form to make public records request is posted.
- Local tax information provided.
- Current and awarded bids are posted.
- Permits and zoning are not applied at a county level in New Jersey.
- Does not disclose if belongs to government sector lobbying associations.
The 2011 budget is $491.5 million which is $1.9 million less than 2010. The budget left taxes flat while keeping the same services and programs. The county has accepted a bid from a power supplier in Bergen County that will save $1.75 million in electricity costs over two years.
|Area||Cost||Compared to 2010|
|Salaries and Wages||$176,709,139||-$1,577,306|
Monmouth County received a total of $169,726,555 from the economic stimulus package.
|# of Awards||Total Amount||Reported Jobs|
Generally, the Freeholder Board's duties include:
- Authorizing expenditures and bonds.
- Overseeing county governance
Robert Clifton is a Republican and has served on the board since 2005 becoming Director in 2011.
Teri O'Connor has been the County Administrator since 2010. She earns a salary of $155,000 and is currently serving a four year term after being approved 4-1 by the Freeholder Board. John Curley voted against her because he didn't believe she should get a raise from her previous salary of $135,000 while the county was under a salary freeze for all non-union employees. Democratic Freeholder John D’Amico responded by noting that the county could be subject to a discrimination suit because the last three administrators were the highest paid employees in the county.
- Carries out policies passed by freeholders
- Manager of 60 departments
See also: New Jersey public pensions
The 2011 budget allocates $5,773,396 to pension costs. According to Data Universe, the highest current annual pension is $94,017.84 to Fredrica Brown who is enrolled in the Public Employee Retirement System and worked for the county from 1968 to 2000.
The 2011 budget for public safety is $92,077,929.
Public employee salaries
See also: Monmouth County employee salaries
|Charles R. Ford, Jr., Superintendent||$142,800.00|
|Andrew Teeple, Principal||$132,000.00|
|Anthony De Orio, Administrator||$112,162.13|
|Gayle Fitzmaier, Administrator||$105,432.40|
|Scott Larkin, Administrator||$98,141.86|
|Kathy Mihalko, Administrator||$83,439.81|
|Diana Davis, Supervisor||$130,140.60|
|Steve Di Donato, Supervisor||$131,678.34|
|Victoria Romana, Supervisor||$79,741.96|
|Ron Wardell, Supervisor||$95,592.78|
See also: New Jersey government sector lobbying
In 2008, Monmouth County reported $60,000 spent on lobbying.
Transparency & public records
The Open Public Records Act (OPRA) was passed by the NJ State Legislature in 2001 and guarantees citizen access to a wide variety of government documents. For more information on OPRA and public records see OPRA Central.
The website provides access to public records from many departments and has the most popular forms posted.
|Amount to be Raise by Taxes||$302,475,000|
- Official Monmouth County Website
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- Board of Taxation
- WBJB "Freeholders hold line on Monmouth County tax rate"
- Daily Record "County to save $1.75M with energy deal"
- NJ "Deputy administrator in Monmouth County to get promoted"
- County Administrator
- Data Universe
- Patch "Students Recognized; Administrator Salaries Approved by Monmouth Regional BOE for Next School Year"
- Monmouth County Lobbying Report
- Public Records
- Board of Taxation