February 07, 2006

Letter to the Freeholders

From: Tina Renna [mailto:tinarenna@unioncountywatchdog.org]
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2006 7:21 AM
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Subject: Please explain to the public why your extensive office of Public Information isn't informing the public.

I asked for the schedule of the budget committee hearings and haven’t received a response to date. If the Public Information Department doesn’t exist to inform the public then just what do they do?

Your arrogance is as breathtaking as usual considering that the past three freeholder debates, and possibly more, someone would always protect your spending by stating "none of the candidates have bothered to attend budget committee hearings."

Could it be that you don’t want anyone to attend? A quick check around your tax-payer funded Web site shows your self-laudatory press releases don’t mention anything about the hearings, and they aren’t listed on your meeting schedule.

I’d also like an explanation as to what this department’s budget is; a complete listing of employees who report to this department; and because I have personally seen some of these employees working on your re-election campaigns as well as being listed on ELEC reports as paid campaign works I DEMAND a list of paid days off for these in employees in 2003 and 2004 which doesn’t come with a disclaimer stating "this record may contain errors or omissions."

In fact, as a taxpayer who has asked for all of the above in OPRA requests to be given flippant responses, I DEMAND a full explanation to the usefulness of this department and what it is costing the taxpayers.

The overburdened taxpayers are now footing the bill for your $413 million budget and you can’t even keep accurate employee records. Even when you post the inevitable press release that you "saved a million by cutting back the budget" (which was inflated to begin with) it won’t justify your incompetence and in this case what looks like your corruption.

From: Tina Renna [mailto:tinarenna@unioncountywatchdog.org]
Sent: Sunday, February 05, 2006 2:54 PM
To: 'info@ucnj.org'
Subject: Budget Hearings

Please provide me with the schedule for the upcoming budget committee hearings. Kindly include the dates, time and place.

Thank you in advance.

Tina Renna
Union County Watchdog Association, Inc.

Budget Committe Hearing Scheduled which was obtained without the help of the county:

wed., feb. 8
county manager's budgt - 5:30 p.m.
county counsel - 6:00 p.m.
public safety - 7:00 p.m.
sheriff - 9:00 p.m.

sat., feb. 11
economic development - 9:00 a.m.
engineering/DPW - 10:00 a.m.
Runnells - 11:00 a.m.

wed., feb. 15
surrogate - 5:30 p.m.
elections - 6:00 p.m.
supt. of schools - 6:30 p.m.
tax board - 7:00 p.m.
county clerk - 7:30 p.m.
rutgers co-operative extension - 8:00 p.m.

thurs., feb. 23
parks - 5:30 p.m.
human services - 6:30 p.m.
administrative services - 7:30 p.m.