Introducing the lowest tax increase in South Orange since the 90s

Last night, my administration, thanks to the hard work of Village Administrator Barry Lewis introduced a "final" budget to the trustees that brings the tax increases  down to just a hair under 1% for 2014. This will be lowest tax increase since the 1990s - at least 15 years. A lot of hard work has gone into bringing tax increases down by everyone in South Orange, and this budget follows that same line fiscal responsibility. You can read coverage from the meeting in The Alternative Press.  And don't forget to check out our interactive budget tool to explore five years of budget data presented in a visual format.

Zipcar comes to South Orange!

Starting on Friday, November 1st, South Orange residents can take advantage of two Zipcars stationed in the downtown! We welcomed Zipcar to our community, cutting the ribbon officially on Friday.  Read the press release from the Village below with more information: Zipcar comes to South Orange Village! Beginning on Friday, November 1st, residents and community members will be able to take advantage of two Zipcars located conveniently in downtown South Orange, Village officials announced on Wednesday. Zipcar, which operates the largest car-sharing service in the world, will be placing two vehicles in downtown South Orange – a Toyota Prius named “Picabo” and a Ford Focus named “Slovak.” The cars can be found across the street from the highly trafficked NJ Transit station in the Firehouse Lot off of Sloan Street and First Street. South Orange has won numerous awards and certifications for its green initiatives, largely driven by the protection of local natural resources, use of alternative fuels and transportations, eco-friendly redevelopment projects and the promotion of a truly walkable transit-oriented urban suburb. Village President Alex Torpey, who connected with Zipcar President Mark Norman while both were participating in a panel in Washington, D.C. in September expressed excitement at the...

Performing One of the First Same-Sex Marriages in New Jersey

This morning, just before midnight, I re-opened Village Hall for a historic occasion - Having one of the first same-sex marriages in the state of New Jersey's history take place here in South Orange.  Read more on the Village's website: In the news: Congratulations all of the couples who are now allowed to marry! If you'd like to fill out an application, please contact the Village's Clerk's Office at 973 378 7715 or [email protected].    

Village Hall Offices and Board of Trustees Meetings have moved!

Thursday, October 17th will be out first Board of Trustees meeting in our new temporary space while Village Hall is being renovated. We'll be meeting in the Main Stage at the South Orange Performing Arts Center for the next two years, and welcome all to come to our meetings, which will typically be on the same schedule on Monday night at 8pm. You can see the Village Calendar here with all of the dates. And don't forget that all offices in Village Hall are now located at 76 South Orange Ave (The PNC Bank building right across the street from Village Hall) on the third floor for the duration of the renovation as well.  For any more information visit!

SOPAC obtains grant, lowest tax rate increase in years and more!

As the summer begins to wind down (a frightening thought!) I hope you'll take a moment to read about some very exciting updates in town. Budget & Taxes Our 2013 municipal budget has been adopted with the lowest tax rate increase in over 15 years. Our aim is to bring the budget in as low as possible while still providing the services that all of you expect in South Orange. Each year, we continue to make more progress towards yearly stabilization at the same time that we explore larger long-term ways to actually reduce taxes. You won't see the kinds of year to year increases that used to happen, even as we're being responsible about investing in long-ignored deferred maintenance projects and maintaing the quality of services everyone has come to expect in South Orange. Visit us online to download our budget or find more information. We have some very exciting transparency/participation tools in the pipeline for the 2014 budget building on our record of making our budget the most accessible in the state, so keep your eyes open!SOPAC & Grant FundingThe New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded SOPAC with a three-year $30,000 per year grant. This grant represents a tremendous step forward...