Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Lakewood candidates

If you're going to vote, vote smartly:

Tri-Town News:

On Nov. 8, Democratic incumbents Charles Cunliffe and Raymond Coles will defend their partys decade of majority on the governing body, while Republican challengers Steven Langert and Sean Gertner attempt to topple it...
In an Oct. 16 interview with the Tri-Town News, Cunliffe said that record stands in comparison with other municipalities and past administrations, despite Lakewood municipal tax increases in 2004 and 2005.
The municipal tax is lower today than it was when I took office in 1997, he said. Its 13.5 cents lower. Theres not too many towns in New Jersey that can make that claim. Weve increased staffing and services and at the same time weve lowered the municipal tax rate.
Cunliffe said in the spring that taxpayers in 1996 who owned a home assessed at $275,000 were paying 95.4 cents per $100 of assessed property value, or approximately $2,625 in municipal taxes that year. In comparison, he said, owners of the same home assessed in 2005 at that value would be paying $345 less in property taxes.
When Democrats took control of the committee in 1996, the tax rate was rolled back for seven consecutive years. According to Chief Financial Officer William Riker, the municipal tax rate decreased 1.1 cents in 1997; 4.7 cents in 1998; 8.5 cents in 1999; 3.1 cents in 2000; 2.2 cents in 2001; 1.3 cents in 2002; and 0.3 cents in 2003.
In 2004, the committee raised the municipal tax rate by 5.6 cents and in 2005 the governing body raised the tax rate by 3.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation...

The Democrats are quick to point out how they reduced our tax rate, but the only way they did that was to use $27 million in surplus funds to keep the tax rate down, Langert said. At the same time, they increased their spending by 67 percent. My salary hasnt increased 67 percent. If the state is cutting back, they should cut back as well....

Honestly, making an informed choice on election day is futile. The outcome has already been decided by others.
posted by Yeshiva Orthodoxy
at 11:55 PM


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