Citizens Outraged at Glover-Gialanella Team's Call for Massive Property Tax Increase

Republicans respond to press release put out last week by the Democratic party.

The following information was provided by the Scotch Plains Republicans.

Scotch Plains Mayor Mary DePaola and Councilman Ed Saridaki spoke today on the fallout from a recent call from Scotch Plains Democrats to increase property taxes to pay for sewer usage. 

In a press release earlier this week, Democrats Kevin Glover and Colleen Gialanella, candidates for Mayor and Council respectively, went on record demanding that the cost for sewer usage be placed back in the general budget “where it belongs” without informing residents what the implications would be for their property taxes.

“Our residents are pretty smart and they are not going to be fooled by this kind of campaign season nonsense.  My phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from incensed taxpayers," said Mayor DePaola.  "The simple fact is that eliminating the Scotch Plains Sewer Utility would result in an immediate $2.9 million property tax increase for our residents and businesses."  

DePaola continued, "With state imposed property tax caps to consider, not only would the Glover-Gialanella plan spike our taxes, it would also necessitate across the board cuts to essential personnel and services in our police, fire, and public works departments.”  

The current sewer budget for Scotch Plains is $2,900,359.  This amount pays for sewage treatment costs, as well as the salaries of those who handle the administrative duties of the Authority and the physical maintenance of the sewer system.  The Glover-Gialanella Plan would immediately transfer these costs back to taxpayers instead of all the users of the sewer system.

"What the Glover-Gialanella team proposes is not only a property tax nightmare, it is inherently unfair," said Councilman Saridaki.  "Under their plan, sewer fees would no longer be based on water usage and taxpayers would be forced to pay for the sewer usage of property tax exempt properties across Scotch Plains."

The current Scotch Plains Sewer Utility was established in 2010 by the Scotch Plains Township Council.  Prior to its establishment, the cost of sewer usage contributed $358 a year to the average property taxpayer's bill.  Since creation of the Sewer Utility, the average property owner pays approximately $250 per year for sewer use.

"This is just another example – like taking taxpayer-paid health benefits – of the Glover-Gialanella Team's on-going effort to cost taxpayers more than they should have to pay," concluded DePaola.

Brian Lakewood October 08, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Holden - Can you please become the editor of the patch. You clearly are the only one who knows what's going on. Nicole - seriously!?!?
Michael Lewis October 08, 2012 at 03:52 AM
@Holden - this is the best I can come up with for the moment. I am sure you commented on Mr. Glover in the more-distant past...just cannot find it (I find searching Patch to be maddening too - my other activities here involve a lot of cut-and-paste of things I have already done). http://scotchplains.patch.com/articles/letter-to-the-editor-sp-council-should-have-tabled-budget-vote @Amy G: Again, no horse here (beyond my personal annoyance with the changes I see and those I feel to be responsible), and I get nothing from commenting on Holden good, bad, or indifferent. Certainly do not need personal vindication at this stage of my life either. I have found him to be - if not non-partisan - then at least equal-opportunity...we will probably disagree on this point (for that matter, Holden might disagree as well!). Unfortunately, my big-tent brethren have been running the show in SP for most of the period I have lived here as an adult, and for that matter, when I was here in junior high and high school (there used to be a tree nursery on the corner of Westfield Ave and Westfield Rd that now has four houses with no backyards - even then!). One can only look to those in charge and ask who has had more opportunities - on the margin - to mess things up over time. And while we can agree that Holden's humor "varies" in its quality, I would refer you to Ecclesiastes 8:15 - a verse for which it is actually worth learning how to spell "Ecclesiastes".
Lance October 08, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Glad to see we the people are policing this site from the real phonies. Keep it up Holden. Frequent readers know the truth.
Amy G October 09, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Michael, eat, drink and be merry. Love it! Amazing sometimes that the lines we love to quote had their origins in the bible. While bible quotes are great, I'm a big fan of Bill Shakespeare. "To thine own self be true", is one of my faves and one at which Holden(s) should take a serious gander.
Tommy Taxpayer October 09, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Holden, Here is the Mayors phone number 908-322-6700 ext 314 http://www.scotchplainsnj.com/gov_phone.html


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