The South Orange Village Board of Trustees passed a $330,750 2017 budget for the district management entity for South Orange’s commercial center last night, with the Township reducing its direct contribution by about $10,000 this year compared to last.
Since 2012, SOVCA has been funded largely through an assessment on commercial properties in the Village Center plus a large contribution by the Township. For the proposed 2017 budget, $150,000 will come in the form of a direct contribution from the Township. Last year, the Township’s direct contribution was $160,750.
The assessment portion of the budget increased, largely due to an expansion of the district, adding some properties on Valley Street.
The 2017 budget for the South Orange Village Center Alliance was passed by a vote of 6-0. No one from the public made comments during the public comment portion of the hearing.
In January, SOVCA Director Bob Zuckerman and Chair Matt Glass took Trustees through a review of SOVCA’s 2016 activities and plans for 2017 at a presentation. SOVCA provides cleaning, beautification, marketing, business recruitment and retention, design review, advocacy and event production services (PlayDay, Hometown Holidays, Pop ‘n’ Shop and more) for the Village Center property owners and businesses. See the full slide presentation below.
The budget includes funding for SOVCA’s new 2017 marketing efforts, including the “Everybody Belongs Here” campaign.
At last night’s meeting, Trustee Steve Schnall noted that SOVCA’s annual meeting at Boccone early in February was “the most well attended we’ve had.”
In January, Zuckerman noted that the organization is nearing its five year renewal date and that more information on that process would be available in the coming months.