TRENTON, N.J. – The City of Trenton was notified by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs that because the City Council failed to adopt the budget by April 11, the City is not authorized to make any payments, which includes payroll for the more than 1000 employees of the City. Payroll information for the next pay period is due on Tuesday, April 30, and the budget or an emergency continuing resolution must be passed by then, or paychecks will not go out on May 2.
To prevent this outcome, Mayor Gusciora has requested City Council set up an emergency session for Thursday, April 25. However, to accommodate the Council President’s schedule, the Mayor agreed to an emergency Tuesday, April 30 at 12:00 noon vote on the budget, which must be approved by five of the seven Council members. Council members also have the option of calling in to the emergency council meeting via a conference call line, so they may cast their votes to keep the government open.
The Mayor hopes to avoid a City shutdown and is fighting to ensure that City employees will get paid.
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