County Tax Freeze Sought by New Freeholder

Washington Township's John Krickus says Freeholders shouldn't have health benefits.

In his first bid for a Morris County Freeholder seat, Washington Township’s John Krickus, along with running mates John Cesaro and David Scapicchio, won a three-year seat on the governing body and was sworn in Friday, Jan. 4.

Freeholder Tom Mastrangelo was chosen by his colleagues to be the group’s director for 2013. He replaces William Chegwidden who lost in the June 2012 Primary Election.

Krickus plans to get to work immediately and just as quickly stop spending, he said. “My top priorities are a 0-percent increase to operate county government, eliminating health benefits for freeholders as we are part time officials,” Krickus said in an email to Patch.

“I fully endorse the goal of freezing county property taxes, possibly for the first time ever, made possible in part by Governor Chris Christie’s arbitration, pension, and benefit reforms,” Krickus said when being sworn in Jan. 4.

“I will use my business experiences and work with the managers of county government to streamline and increase efficiency.”

Shown in a chart prepared by Krickus, county taxes rose by at least 3.9-percent each year since 2001. In 2002, taxes went up 11.5-percent–the highest amount in the 12-year period–according to the chart.

“Twenty years ago I first took the oath of office as a Washington Township Committeeman,” Krickus said. “At that time I refused to have the taxpayers of Washington Township pay for my health benefits, and today I refuse to have the taxpayers of Morris County pay for my health benefits.”

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders consists of Director Mastrangelo; Deputy Director David Scapicchio; Douglas Cabana; Cesaro; Ann Grossi; Krickus; and William Lyon.

Chris January 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
But... it is a known and proven fact that consolidating services saves taxpayers money. From my experience, "Regionalism" actually brings more power to the smaller communities. They band together with the other communities around them and have a larger voice to be heard. For those of you who are concerned, usually only the Police, Fire, EMS, Sewer and Sanitation are consolidated. Again, usually there are HUGE financial impacts and tons of savings that go along with this. The individual towns usually keep their own Mayor, School Board and other elected officials (contrary to what I said earlier). Therefore, the individual needs of the town (along with the governmental control and individuality) are still met.
Sick of the trolls January 08, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Do you even know what Agenda 21 is, or is that just something that you heard on Glenn Beck and think it sounds sinister enough to scare people? Regionalism = Communism? Seriously? Do you even know what communism is? Do you know what patriot means, or did you just take it as your screen name because Rush likes to use it alot and you think people will listen to you? Please do us all a favor and go back to NJ.com with your ridiculous conspiracy theories and inane babble, nobody here wants to hear it.
Sick of the trolls January 08, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Tough words for someone hiding behind a screen name.
Abraham Clark January 09, 2013 at 06:53 AM
Krickus is an elitist pompous snob.
Walter O. January 09, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Okay......?!?!...here's the deal. No tax increase and no health benefits for a part-time job should be the norm. If you can't make it work with all the tax $$$ coming in, we have a real problem folks! I don't know about anyone else out there, but I never heard of health benefits for part time work. Both ideas sound sensible to me. Just my two cents...


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