Republican Mayor in Hamilton (Mercer) Wildly Inflates the Cost of Local Ethics Panel

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Unelected Republican Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede came up with a whopper this past weekend to excuse why she doesn’t support a local ethics board in the wake of the worst corruption scandal in the township’s history.

In the Times of Trenton article by Mike Davis headlined “Fate of Hamilton’s ethics board becomes a political football” Yaede is quoted as saying that she is opposed because costs for the board could rise to $60,0000 or more.

First of all, the entire statewide budget for the administration of the Local Government Ethics Law is only $60K (2012)! That includes $35K to investigate complaints, $25K to issue advisory opinions and $5K to review local ethics codes.  

Second, much of the work of local commissions in Hamilton is done in house or by volunteers and requires little in the expenditure of resources. Generally, the only real expenses are the monies paid to township secretaries who attend the meetings and keep the minutes. As you might imagine, this is a nominal sum and hardly a heavy lift given the issue of clean government. Legal advice is almost always done in house by the salaried municipal attorney and if the board sees the need, they can refer a question to the state board for expert advice.

Third, the current Ethics Board did a yeoman’s job in preparing recommendations that were ultimately rejected by Council and the administration without costing the township a single dime. In each of the years that the Board was budgeted by Council, there were no charges against that line item. To put that in greater perspective, the total budgeted figure was only $1000 per year. Again, they never touched that appropriation despite the work that was done.

Mayor Yaede is a prime example of the old adage that lip service doesn’t cost a cent, and it’s worth every penny.

Republican Mayor in Hamilton (Mercer) Wildly Inflates the Cost of Local Ethics Panel

Unelected Republican Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede came up with a whopper this past weekend to excuse why she doesn’t support a local ethics board in the wake of the worst corruption scandal in the township’s history.

In the Times of Trenton Article by Mike Davis headlined “Fate of Hamilton’s ethics board becomes a political football” Yaede is quoted as saying that she is opposed because costs for the board could rise to $60,0000 or more.

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First of all, the entire statewide budget for the administration of the Local Government Ethics Law is only $60K (2012)! That includes $35K to investigate complaints, $25K to issue advisory opinions and $5K to review local ethics codes.

Second, much of the work of local commissions in Hamilton is done in house or by volunteers and requires little in the expenditure of resources. Generally, the only real expenses are the monies paid to township secretaries who attend the meetings and keep the minutes. As you might imagine, this is a nominal sum and hardly a heavy lift given the issue of clean government. Legal advice is almost always done in house by the salaried municipal attorney and if the board sees the need, they can refer a question to the state board for expert advice.

Third, the current Ethics Board did a yeoman’s job in preparing recommendations that were ultimately rejected by Council and the administration without costing the township a single dime. In each of the years that the Board was budgeted by Council, there were no charges against that line item. To put that in greater perspective, the total budgeted figure was only $1000 per year. Again, they never touched that appropriation despite the work that was done.

Mayor Yaede is a prime example of the old adage that lip service doesn’t cost a cent, and it’s worth every penny

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