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.

Ron Soussa January 07, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Good for John Krickus. And congratulations to Tom Mastrangelo for becoming Director. Question: Why do we have a County government? If we don't regionalize and consolidate services, why not just band the County staff and hand everything off to the municipalities?
Ron Soussa January 07, 2013 at 04:20 PM
nicolas January 07, 2013 at 05:10 PM
about time someone is willing to cut all the garbage the previous officials gave us.Reduce taxes .My property taxes went up by $240 in rockaway this year.The people of rockaway keep voting for the same idiots.Time to change.
Chris January 07, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I lived in Long Island for a few years. Out in LI, county government is HUGE and town governments are much smaller. Here in NJ.. country government is basically non-existent. Why is county Gov so huge in Long Island? Well, each of the 50 town/hamlets don't need to have their own Police force, their own garbage pick-up, as well as other consolidated services. I think here in NJ, it is such a waste for every town to have their own police chief, their own sanitation department and what not. NJ has 565 town... which means 565 police chiefs, 565 sanitation departments, 565 school superintendents. And since there are 22 counties, wouldn't it be much cheaper to pay for only 22 police chiefs, maybe a state wide sanitation department.. have only a board of superintendents state wide.... Seems like there is a TON of waste in our local governments paying for all these people's salaries, benefits, pensions when we could just consolidate services and have a better stronger centralized county government and save a ton of money.
Chris January 07, 2013 at 06:33 PM
People are stupid. They either press the Red button of the Blue button on the voting machine. They don't even know who the candidates are or what they stand for, but they know that they will NEVER vote for the other guy just because of the party affiliation.
Chris January 07, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Disbanding local government would be the best option. 35 towns in Morris county and 35 different governments. Paying for 35 mayors, 35 police chiefs, 35 fire chiefs, 35 superintendents.... Why not just consolidate and have 1 police chief, 1 fire chief, 1 countywide sanitation department. Why pay 5.25 million dollars for 35 people @ $150,000/year when you can just pay for one or two people to do the same job????
mrwilson January 08, 2013 at 02:32 AM
....and then the idiot in the blue shirt said:
Erik DeLine January 08, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Only in New Jersey would people think its a better idea to disband regional governments in favor of more and smaller local governments, rather than the other way around. There's a reason why municipalities are turning over their emergency call center services or policing capabilities to Counties. Larger, regional governments realize more economies of scale. God forbid that each town shouldn't have its own little police force than that they pay and arm and a leg for through property taxes. Meanwhile, in states in the south and southwest go govern regionally, saving taxpayers money, and making them more competitive with businesses through lower taxes.
Parker Jones January 08, 2013 at 02:50 PM
If John Krickus can accomplish what he says without crippling the services the county provides and without loosing the tripple A bond rating, then more power to him. I'd like to see his plan. I'm curious to know exactly how he intendes to accomplish this lofty goal.
Taxpayer January 08, 2013 at 03:40 PM
More regionalized government = more waste, more corruption, less services, loss of home rule and personal liberties. More regionalized government is fine for those that don't want to do their civic duty and participate and take responsibility. When anything happens, people today turn to government for everything, to provide, to shelter, pay. I exist so government has the responsibility to take care of me. So, yes, lets put more power in a body further away and more distant that is impossible to reach. Ever talk to the Governor? Those phony town hall meeting where everyone goes to tank the King for handouts and ask for more, don't count. I'm sure the cost of living and style of living in Long Island is so much better due to regionalized government - that's why you moved. Also it is great that we have added a 22nd county - more to govern with. NJ was built on and is unique for its life style - something for everyone. If you have a problem, redress is at hand, the local mayor who gets involved in the community not like your Morris County Freeholders who claim they govern by direction of the County employees. Go to a Freeholder meeting and have your eyes opened. Millions are spent, twice a month with no accountability. I go and there isn't anyoone else their except when it is time to thank the Freeholders for the hand-outs and to ask for more. No one saying why is this precious $ spent.
Patriot January 08, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Well...I will have my eye on Krickus and all the newly elected Freeholders. Although I voted for him, already I do not like what I am reading. Krickus is already turning to some County "Facilitator" for just more of the same? Krickus you were elected to do your own homework and represent what is best for the taxpayers of Morris County. I am so tired of seeing our taxpayer money spent with wanton disregard by fools that we have elected that merely morph into the typical "What do I have to do to propel myself ahead in the political arena?" I am beginning to think he took a page from the bombastic CHRISTIE play book. Christie uses our taxpayer dollars in his STAGED Town Halls, reciting the same speech and limiting questions. It is just a Controlled Sales Pitch for himself. It has to Stop. The Freeholders have been giving away our Taxpayer Dollars by the millions at each session. Observing what they have been doing would give any hard working, law-abiding citizen an acute case of gastric accidents......especially GROSSI, Cesaro and Lyon, etc. FORCED Shared services are not needed and Regionalism is just another step in furthering the Agenda 21 take over of our municipality, county and our State. It causes loss of local control, erases our borders, grows Goverment, and cedes our rights and sovereignty. BEWARE! REGIONALISM = COMMUNISM
Parker Jones January 08, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Here we go. The angry, delusionalT-Party croud. They're very supportive our our consitutional rights and freedoms until you disagree with them. Then the Consitution, especially freedom of speech, different ideas go right out the window. They are right, they are right, they are right, and if you don't agree you are bad, bad bad. It's their way or the highway. Do you know how rediculous both of you sound.
Domino January 08, 2013 at 08:17 PM
John Krickus is a pathetic little worm who, as mayor of Washington Township, spent the town's capital reserve faster than a lottery winner in Las Vegas. His bout of born-again conservatism masks the motives of a guy who simply wants to move up the political ladder and will assimilate any popular point of view in order to do it. He's perfect for the freeholder board, because historically they have been a narcissitic bunch of self-promoters looking for higher office. Another example of the Peter Principal at work.
Chris January 08, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Regionalism = Communism? Really? Please do tell how you came to this conclusion? Seems like you are just trying to use scare tactics. And Agenda 21? Are you referring to the UN voluntary, non-binding action plan for sustainable development? I am unsure what that has to do with consolidating services and saving tax payer money. All in all, Patriot, it seems that you have a lot to say, but non of it makes sense. It seems like all of your points are based simply on conspiracy theories.
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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