The Morris County Freeholders entered 2014 with a pledge of working toward another year with no increase in county taxes. “We plan to adopt a budget that is prudent, sound and that provides a zero percent tax increase for the second year in a row,” said Freeholder Director Tom Mastrangelo during the board’s January Reorganization Meeting. Soon after Mastrangelo was sworn in to begin his second term on the board, he was selected by his colleagues as the board’s director for the second consecutive year.
Also for the second year in a row, Freeholder David Scapicchio of Mount Olive was named the board’s deputy director. The Reorganization Meeting also featured Freeholder Doug Cabana of Boonton Township taking his oath of office to begin his sixth term, and Roxbury’s Kathryn A. DeFillippo being sworn in for her first term. Freeholder Hank Lyon said during the meeting the freeholders’ number one goal remains reducing county taxes for the second consecutive year, while Freeholder John Krickus said he is pleased to see some municipalities have also set goals of no tax increases. The freeholders’ continued commitment to transparency in government was noted by Freeholder John Cesaro. He said 2013 saw the freeholders unveil a newly designed website that makes it easier for citizens to understand the workings of county government. “Morris County government is fully transparent, and in the year ahead, we will continue to enhance our openness,” Cesaro said.