During last night’s Town Council meeting, the Berkeley Heights Town Council voted to approve $30.9 million in debt, which is about $5,100 per average household in Berkeley Heights. This debt is all related to the new Municipal Building project.
There are very few people in Berkeley Heights who would consent voluntarily to write a check to the town for this project. The Town Council is well aware that they do not have the support of the residents yet they have chosen to to spend boatloads of our tax money against our will.
In a closed door meeting, they discussed having a cost free, non-binding referendum, to see how the residents felt about spending this much money but decided against it because it would cause a “moral dilemma.“
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They also refused a petition signed by over 400 residents asking for this project to be put on the ballot so the taxpayers can ultimately decide if this project was worth the extravagant expense.
In the public meeting a resident asked the Council how they knew the people wanted to borrow so much money, doubling the town’s debt. The mayor responded, “I don’t … nope … nope.”.
But last night, the Council voted to more than double our town’s debt in spite of them clearly knowing that they do not have the public support for this massive debt grab.
On top of these bonds from last night, the council has doubled our capital spending saying "yes" to any item that was requested by any department.
In addition to all of this they have amassed a large amount of banked cap that can be used over the next two years by passing an ordinance to extend the allowed amount to 3.5 percent. During the public hearing on this matter they stated that they never use this money, and in fact they would only use it for a “catastrophe so catastrophic that it hasn’t happened yet.” However, after looking through the budgets it seems that they actually do use the banked cap in more years than they don’t.
Jeanne Kingsley and the Council will claim to be Republicans, fiscal conservatives, and use zero based budgeting. However, I believe there is more truth to action than to words. Their actions have proven that they are big spenders spending in the face of their Republican, fiscal conservative constituency.
If Berkeley Heights wants any chance of tax relief we absolutely cannot tolerate these actions. We must band together and vote against this spending at the polls and vote out the incumbent Jeanne Kingsley.
I, Edmund Tom Maciejewski would like to ask you for your support and your vote on Nov 7. I am the only fiscal conservative running. I pledge to do everything in my power to provide tax relief for Berkeley Heights.
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