Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mount Arlington, New Jersey Sued for Payroll Records

MOUNT ARLINGTON -- A lawsuit has been filed against the borough of Mount Arlington by a resident seeking to know what each municipal employee was paid between June 1 and Oct. 31, 2009.

The borough maintains that it is willing to comply with the law but that the requests were too vague.

Veronica Silkes, after having three open public records act requests denied, hired an attorney to try to obtain the information.

Public employees’ salaries are a matter of public record, according to state law.
Silkes, a member of an CARMA, an activist group that has repeatedly clashed with the mayor over borough spending, had asked to see the payroll distribution check register, which details every employee who receives a check from the borough.

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