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Sue Osnato March 06, 2014 at 02:07 PM
I do appreciate the Council's efforts to see that all areas within the budget are looked at for the Read Morepurpose of some property tax relief for the residents of Green Brook. Our property tax situation is out of control and doesn't seem to cease in the rise upward. However, I am not sold on the idea that this is truly in the best interest of taxpayers in our town. Yes, while it may have saved some money in the town budget, It may also add hardship to any individual in our town who may require ambulatory assistance. Individuals and/or their insurance will be charged for this necessity should it occur. I am not so sure how economically feasible it is for the individual taxpayer. I also think part of the problem is the way the discussion came about. There basically was no discussion up to the point of that meeting relating to this. No explanation, no reasoning. We are a small town, public input prior to this meeting may have mattered in selling the point or killing the point. It is my understanding that pay increases went out to just about every employee of the town, police force and town council. I am not sure if all were retroactive to 2009 or not, but that seems it would add up to quite a chunk of change. Was the money that would have been saved by eliminating our volunteer EMS planned to be used to make up this difference? Realizing no actual relief in an individuals property tax bill. How will these increases affect the property tax bill going forward? I am also confused as to the $200,000 in assets to be realized if EMS was eliminated. It was my understanding that the newly purchased $180,000 ambulance to be delivered in the Spring was a part of that. Did I misunderstand what was said at the meeting? To be honest, I could not hear the answer very well. This is not to say I don't appreciate creative thinking in trying to save taxpayers some money, if it really does. There are certainly many sides to consider in this matter.
Sue Osnato March 06, 2014 at 02:16 PM
For some reason paragraph breaks are not working. My apologies for the above mess.
Marko Oh Sherman March 07, 2014 at 07:18 AM
It was awesome to see so many resident at the last township meeting. I plan on attending as manyRead Moremee ting as possible and hope others follow suit. This is the only way to hold our politicians accountable and responsible to the majority needs of our town. America has become to lazy in this area and no wonder why things are the way they are. The last time I attended a meeting was due to the fact the committee decided to lease the municipal property to Verizon for a industrial looking cell tower that could have gone somewhere else away from people's homes. Being that it's on municipal property they were able to by pass public notice normally required in any planning board matter. Now the families living within range of this tower have had their property values lowered and their families health most likely sacrificed for what turned out to be very little money in the total scope of things. When I asked if they would like it in their backyard of course they said no. This is a clear example of major decisions being done discretely with little governmental transparency as many recently said of the EMS matter.
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