Dear Editor,

There's a fascinating new map available today showing how extraordinary well-served Chatham Township residents are by our Township Committee, administration and town employees.

Here is the map: http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/17/01/26/interactive-map-where-nj-s-high-property-taxes-are-highest-and-lowest/#

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If you scroll your mouse over Chatham Township, you can see that the municipal portion of our property taxes has FALLEN by 2.0 percent since 2015, and by 3.7 percent since 2010.  Now scroll your mouse over the surrounding towns. NONE have accomplished reductions over both those periods, and most have permitted large tax increases.

Can anyone find a single other town in New Jersey on the entire map that has accomplished what Chatham Township has?

It's obvious to me that the success is testament to the belt-tightening, cost sharing, grant-winning and hard work of our Township Committees over the past six-plus years, our highly skilled administration, all our town's employees, and our many residents who have dedicated their time and phenomenal skills to our community.

Equally importantly, I think most people would agree that our municipal services and amenities are excellent.  All the better because they are run efficiently.  For this, we have to doubly-thank our Township employees.  

A person might claim the accomplishment was made easier by the popularity of Chatham Township and the up-sizing of so many of the homes, which add tax revenue but don't add much need for new town services. That may be true, but other towns have experienced the same up-sizing trend, and yet still find ways to raise the municipal portion of residents' taxes.

Thank you and kudos to Chatham Township!

Best regards,

Joe Basralian

24 Fairfax Terrace