new_jersey government politics Dumont
Scandal in town
Here in Dumont, there's trouble at the mill. Yesterday, the Republican mayor the last 14 years has resigned owing to charges that under that party's watch there has been mismanagement of finances and criminal action. The investigation of overdue utility payments and missing local tax reserves started last Fall and accelerated when the elections put the Democrats into the majority on the Borough Council. In recent weeks, the former Borough Administrator and Treasurer have been charged with official misconduct and with theft respectively, and the local tax rates have been raised 10% last year and this in order to cover a shortfall of some $1M.