East Brunswick Budget Lacks Vision for Future

June 19, 2014 at 10:39 AM

At the June 9, 2014 East Brunswick Township Council meeting, Councilwoman Ferraro and Councilman Wendell and Hughes, the three Republican incumbent members of the Council, voted to approve a budget which will mean a 10 cent tax increase in our property taxes. The tax rate would increase by 10 cents from $1.72 to $1.82 per $100 of assessed valuation on a home, which is nearly a 6% increases in the tax levy.  The Democratic team of Adam Neary, Donna McEvoy, and Edward Janzekovich publicly spoke out in opposition to the increase.   Councilman Mike Spadafino was the lone dissenting vote on council.

Besides being excessively high, the increase does not consider or provide for any growth in East Brunswick to relieve the already heavy tax burden on our residents.  Money for Economic Development in East Brunswick has not been staffed or even funded for close to two years. It is no wonder when you drive up and down Route 18, the strip malls are vacant and buildings are deteriorating.  If you were an investor and you drove through some of our strip malls, ask yourself, would I risk my dream of owning a business and life savings here, or should I go to another town?  Look no further than the vacant highway for your answer.

More than seventy percent of East Brunswick taxes come from our residents.  That is an unacceptably high percentage.  Our incumbent politicians failed because they had an opportunity to move East Brunswick by breathing life back into Route 18.  East Brunswick cannot afford four more years of missed opportunities.

We are paying way too much in taxes and getting too few returns in services.  It is time to acknowledge that we need a change of leadership in East Brunswick.

Vinamra Sawhney

East Brunswick, NJ

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