A story in today’s paper talks about a proposal to charge Newark residents a utility user tax for the first time in the city’s history.
The tax, if approved by voters next year, would plump up city coffers during a time when the city has eliminated 50 full-time equivalent positions, forced non-public safety employees to take a 5 percent pay cut and shut down City Hall on alternate Fridays.
The City Council also recently approved a new contract with police officers that offers no raise to the the public-safety employees this year, a 1 percent raise in July 2009 and a 2 percent salary increase in January 2010.
As part of last week’s discussion about whether to proceed with a tax measure (the final verdict isn’t in yet), the Newark City Council considered the results of a survey that asked voters to rate their satisfaction with city services. You can view the results by clicking here.