Concerns about East Brunswick's Tax Rate
Thursday, May 15, 2014 • 8:44am
May 13, 2014
To the Editor:
At the April 28, 2014 Township Council Meeting in East Brunswick, Mayor David Stahl introduced a Municipal Budget that will increase the Municipal tax rate by 10 cents this year alone. In light of the current economic environment, such an increase is too high for the East Brunswick taxpayer.
In 2013 and 2014, over one thousand residents appealed their property taxes because they believed that the amount of taxes that they paid was too high. Hundreds of other taxpayers successfully had their assessments reduced without a formal appeal. This is the time to look to lower the tax rate, not raise it with such an exorbitant increase.
As a municipality, the Township and its Board of Education spend nearly $198 million every year. That amount is astonishing. Meanwhile, our municipal services have been cut such as: (1) library hours, (2) garbage collection and (3) public safety. Further, high density residential developments are being approved that will only add to future increases in taxes.
Most importantly, our elected officials are entrusted with the fiduciary obligation to spend $198 million each year as prudently as possible.
In 2008, the general tax rate (excluding fire district taxes) was $8.29. The 2013 rate jumped to $9.60. Since David Stahl became the Mayor, our property taxes have risen 15.8%, while municipal services have been reduced and our resultant quality of life has diminished. Ask any resident.
Moving forward, it is the responsibility of our elected officials to ensure that services are restored to promote a better quality of life for our neighbors. This is particularly so in light of current economic conditions coupled with the huge financial burden this governing body has chosen to place on our East Brunswick taxpayers.
East Brunswick Democratic Candidate Town Council 2014