Dear Fellow Residents,
I attended a special Par-Troy Hills council meeting in December 2008. The week before Mayor Michael Luther’s last year as mayor. In attendance, five council members, Business Administrator, Township attorney and township clerk, Judy Silver.
I identify Judy Silver because to me the Par-Troy Hills council chamber was her “house” yet all documents that evening were prepared by Morris County Joint Insurance Fund (MJIF) Administrators and distributed by Betty Lou DeCroce the then Twp. Clerk of Roxbury and Chairwoman of MJIF. As I said that evening, this was a done deal before it even started. MJIF is a self-insurance fund comprising of mostly townships from Morris County. When one thinks of self-insurance one immediately concludes there’s a cost-saving or why else would one join the group. Well, taxpayers, if you recall the MJIF cost Parsippany $250,000 more per year for three years totaling $750,000. The lowest quote was from Travelers Insurance Company.
Two of the five council people that voted for this contract that evening were James Barberio and Ann Grossi, respectively current Mayor of Parsippany and Ann Grossi Morris County Freeholder and candidate for Morris County Clerk. Did they have the best financial interests for their constituents? That evening I pointed out that a member of a self-insurance group in New Jersey can not receive insurance premium rebates until after three years of participation in the group. This was confirmed by the funds C.E.O. at the meeting.
This past March 2013, I inquired as to what the town’s premium rebate was and the answer I received was Zero. Voting unanimously that evening was self-serving:
1) Political donations from assigned attorneys
2) What’s best for the party not for the residents
That $750,000 could have gone a long way:
a) Pay raises for our Blue Collar workers, these men and women are underpaid compared to the surrounding townships
b) Hiring more police officers, we are well below the Township ordinance staffing requirement
c) Reduction in your real estate taxes
I am bringing this to your attention in order for you to draw your own conclusions.
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