Wednesday, October 24, 2012 • 10:10pm
On Tuesday, November 6th residents of Fanwood who will be going to the polls are reminded to consider an important dynamic as they vote their choices for councilpersons.
During the last three years, from 2010 through 2012, Fanwood has been governed with a council made up of three Democrats and three Republicans. While those numbers in many cases might lead to an adversarial stand off, the opposite happened and Fanwood has enjoyed a period of constructive bipartisanship and steady progress especially on the issue of keeping the municipal taxes in check. In order to validate that premise Fanwood taxpayers might check their tax bills for the last three years and compare the increases in their municipal property tax with the increase in their county property tax. Under an all-Democratic freeholder board that has been in power for well over a decade, the county tax for Fanwoodians has increased 19.7% in the last three years while the municipal tax has increased 7.0% in the same period. In the three-year period prior to 2010 when the Democrats held a majority status on the Fanwood Council, the municipal tax increased by 30.2 %. Bipartisanship demonstrably works in Fanwood to the benefit of its taxpayers. Reelect Bob Manduca and Mike Szuch to the Fanwood Council and preserve the momentum of progress.
Joseph A. Nagy