Newark city council may vote to introduce budget Monday

By Naomi Nix/The Star-Ledger
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on June 25, 2014


NEWARK — Newark's city council has scheduled a special meeting for Monday in case the legislative body is in a position to introduce a 2014 budget, according to the city clerk's office.

On Tuesday, during the council's last regularly scheduled meeting, city business administrator Julien Neals' office gave council members the city's internal version of the 2014 budget

But Neal's office still had to put the exact same information into a formal budget format that can be submitted to the state for review.

The city council must first receive the version of the budget that is submitted to the state before it can formally introduce the spending plan to the public.

Neals said today in a statement that the state version should be complete by Friday, but may be finished even sooner.

Both Newark mayor-elect Ras Baraka and City Council president Mildred Crump have pressed Mayor Luis Quintana's administration to introduce a budget before new city representatives take office next Tuesday.

"We still have to do negotiations with the state anyway," Baraka said in an interview last week. "It's not like we are just trying to throw it on Luis."

But Quintana said this past Tuesday that he hadn't even seen a copy of the budget Neals gave city council members.

"How can I introduce a budget if I haven’t seen the budget?” he said.

City spokeswoman Esmeralda Diaz Cameron said this morning that Quintana had received part of the budget from Neals' office.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in City Hall.

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