Middlesex County, New Jersey

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Middlesex County is one of 21 counties in New Jersey. The population is 13,717. as of 2000.[1]

Website evaluation

The good

  • Provides information and form to make public records requests.[2]
  • Budget is posted.[3]
  • Freeholders are listed with contact information.[4] Meeting schedule posted.[5]
  • Permits and zoning are not applied at a county level in New Jersey.
  • The 2008 county audit is posted.[6]

The bad

Budget

The 2011 operating budget is $405.4 million.[7] The budget streamlined county operations by reducing the number of departments to five and by centralizing some functions.[8]

Stimulus

Middlesex County has received a total of $387.5 million from the economic stimulus package.[9]

# of Awards Total Amount Reported Jobs
Contracts 99 $62,430,773 54.8
Grants 397 $325,143,295 249.2
Loans 0 $0 0
Total 496 $387,574,069 304

Public Employees

Elected Officials

Term Length[10]

  • 3 years, staggered
  • November elections

Responsibilities[11]

  • As a body, elected a Freeholder to be the Freeholder Director.
  • Choose committee memberships and chairs
  • Budgeting
First Last Position
Christopher Rafano Director
Ronald Rios Deputy Director
Blanquita Valenti Freeholder
Carol Bellante Freeholder
H.James Polos Freeholder
Stephen Dalina Freeholder
Charles Tomaro Freeholder

A Republican Freeholder candidate in 20120 criticized the board for only have 16 "no" votes over 3 years and 36,200 votes. All the no votes were from James Polos.[12]

Administrative Officials

First Last Position
Mildred Scott Sheriff
Elaine Flynn County Clerk
Kevin Hoagland Surrogate

Pensions

See also: New Jersey public pensions

Public employees are enrolled in the State of New Jersey pension system.[13]

Salaries

See also: Middlesex County employee salaries

Middlesex has plans to lay off 50 employees and expect to spend $99.7 million for salaries and wages in 2011.[14]

At Middlesex Community College 33 employees earn more than $100,000.[15]

Middlesex County has 12 schools whose starting teacher salaries is over $40,000.[16]

Middlesex County College President Joan La Perla-Morales receives a home as part of her compensation.[17]

New Jersey public employee salaries can be searched here.

Lobbying

See also: New Jersey government sector lobbying

Middlesex County had not used public funds on lobbying according to OpenSecrets. Middlesex County College donated to a Democratic candidate for U.S. House in 2004 and the Middlesex County Sheriff Department contributed to Marty Meehan, a Democratic candidate for U.S. House in 2000.

Middlesex Community College has spent $560,000 on lobbying since 2004 and spent $20,000 in 2011 for lobbying from Cardinal Point Partners.[18]

Year Amount on Lobbying
2011 $20,000
2010 $80,000
2009 $80,000
2008 $80,000
2007 $80,000
2006 $120,000
2006 $80,000
2004 $20,000
Total $560,000

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.

Public records will normally be available in accordance with P.L. 2001, c 404, within seven (7) business days. Some records will be immediately available.[19] The form for public records is available here.

Taxes

Local tax information is not available.

External links

References