Last week the Summit Taxpayers Association organized a Night of Action to raise awareness about the critical issue of Union County taxes facing our city. Summit residents spoke directly to our Freeholders asking them not to raise our property taxes this year by enacting a flat budget. We had an excellent turnout, two dozen Summit residents exercised their civic duty and attended the Union County Freeholders monthly meeting in Elizabeth.
Over the last five years, the Union County tax bill has grown by over 21% and now represents 30% of our property taxes. Over the same five years our city council only increased their budget by 1.4%. Our schools have shown similar restraint, increasing our school tax by only 4.8%
Our Union County assessment now crowds out critical investments we need to make in our municipal services and our schools. For a complete report including video of Summit speakers, visit our website summittaxpayers.org
Thank you to all those that participated, including Council President Mike McTernan and Ward II Councilwoman Mary Ogden. It was great seeing so many residents come together for a cause that benefits all of us. Together we can accomplish great things, stay tuned for more as we move forward in 2017.
President, Summit Taxpayers Association