Surprise! Aberdeen Township has just released another budget that raises our taxes again. You can read about the 6.3% increase over at the Matawan-Aberdeen Patch. More annoying than the tax increase were the comments made by Councilman “Cableguy” Cannon. To paraphrase; We should just be happy for all the services that we get from town-hall and that out taxes are less then his cable bill! The insensitive attitude displayed by Councilman Cableguy is just the tip of the iceberg. It really demonstrates just how out of touch this council is with township residents.
Let’s set the record straight:
- While many residents were without power for over 12 days during Sandy, the council sat on their hands, while officials from other towns were on 101.5 demanding that Christie go after JCP&L.
- After Sandy, the cowardly Mayor and Council threw Chief Powers and other town professionals under the bus, instead of facing questions from residents.
- Water main breaks are a common occurrence in town. Has the Council acted on behalf of residents with the water company? No absolutely not.
- Senior housing is a decade old pipe dream.
- Aberdeen’s credit rating was reduced last year.
- This tax increase is larger (in percentage and actual dollars) than the school district tax increase for both Matawan and Aberdeen combined!
- Cliffwood Beach waterfront is wrecked, council moving at the speed of a tortoise to rebuild it.
- Solar project has brought very modest savings to the town and now town hall looks like a Wawa Store. Maybe they should sell gasoline and sandwiches too.
- Municipal contracts are settled for many times what the private sector is getting.
- The library and fire departments are funded separately by the taxpayers, you would think the “Cableguy’ knows that, since he sits on the Library Board.
Other towns also get services, what makes Aberdeen stand out is the record of constant tax increases. People don’t HAVE to buy cable TV, but they HAVE to pay taxes or lose their house. I hope voters decide to “change the channel” this November.