Saying results count, Mayor Anesh’s team this week urged residents to compare taxes under the Democrats to the results under local Republicans.

“Holding down taxes and spending is a key priority,” said Council Candidate Melanie Mott.  “Over the last decade, the mayor’s team kept taxes in check, with the local tax rate rising less than one percent. By contrast, County taxes, controlled by the democrats are up 36 percent.”

 “No other town is seeing results like that,” said Mayor Anesh. “Other towns are seeing huge tax hikes.”

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 “Unfortunately, because of the Democrats, not every part of the tax bill is stable,” said Council Candidate Pete Smith. “Since 2009, County taxes, solely controlled by the Democrats, are up 36 percent.”

“Can you imagine what our tax bills would look like if the County Democrats approached things the same way we do in South Plainfield?” asked Mott.

Locally the Democrats have fared no better.

“Last time the Democrats were in charge, the municipal part of the tax bill shot up $404 in just one year,” said Smith.  “To make matters worse they then voted against the 2010 tax cut, against the 2014 flat tax budget and again against the 2018 flat tax budget.”

Smith said he knows how important it is to keep things going in the right direction: “People are struggling and it’s extremely important that we keep taxes in check.  So now more than ever, it’s important to elect people who will hold the line.”

Mott agreed.  “People shouldn’t have to choose between paying their property taxes and saving for retirement or for their children’s education.” 

“The Democrats had their chance to show what they could do with property taxes, and the results weren’t good,” added Smith.  “You have to wonder. All the negative attacks being made by our opponents, and not one idea about how to keep South Plainfield affordable, what will our tax bill look like if they are elected?”

“Controlling taxes and expanding opportunities for our kids are two of our major goals if elected,” explained Mott.  “We’re the only team that has a plan to move South Plainfield forward, and we ask residents to support us, so we can continue to work together and get the job done.”


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