Where the hell is Lou? I have heard rumblings that he has been AWOL from the County Democratic Organization – leaving Nancy Sungenis to carry the workload. This is an organization that he ruled with an iron fist for over a decade.
More recently, he was absent from a very important vote. Lou was irresponsibly absent from the initial budget vote, a vote which will result in higher tax payments despite there being no “increase”.
Cumberland County freeholders introduced a budget Thursday night with the same tax levy as last year.
The $143,181,065 spending plan calls for a tax levy of $82,938,491, county officials said.
However, the tax rate may increase slightly because a decrease in ratables means the county apportionment rate – the figure upon which each municipality’s county tax rate is based – will rise by a little more than 1 cent to compensate for the loss, Freeholder Bill Whelan said.
Freeholders already have moved to lay off 34 employees and cut 20 vacant positions to deal with anticipated financial shortfalls of more than $4 million.
Of course these layoffs haven’t prevent the incompetent Sheriff Austino from hiring friends from the Vineland Police Department, and he STILL has two undersheriffs whereas the former sheriff was able to do the job much better with only one undersheriff.
But back to the question at hand – where is Lou? Neighbors say they don’t see him at his house in Vineland. His yard is a mess – of course it always was a mess. Apparently he doesn’t know how to use a lawnmower.
Someone told me that Lou was headed to Chicago to sell solar power? Speaking of solar energy – has anyone seen the big sign in front of Newcomb Hospital? Just what exactly IS the deal between Tony Danza and Lou Magazzu? How does Neustadt fit in? Is Lou leaving town to avoid prosecution? These are all questions to which we are eagerly awaiting answers.