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Tom Abbott April 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM
For the record, the statement, "... our taxes have gone up 15% since Katz and Stern have beenRead Moreo n council." is not accurate. That’s only since they were last elected. Since they were elected the tax levy has doubled. As a steward of Teaneck's finances, Katz has overseen 15 years of budget at an average yearly increase of 4.70% a year. Stern's with only 11 years managed a higher 4.76%. The 2014 budget rates to be an above average increase. It will likely and be postponed till after the election. For those concerned with debt, it has gone from $5 million in 1998 and stayed stable through 2005. Since than with Gussen now part of the same ruling council majority it has more than quadrupled to $23 million at the end of last year. That doesn't include the financing of the new municipal building which should add a few million more.
Tom Abbott April 23, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Katz’s campaign says "Stabilize Taxes”. Stern's repeats his 2010, "A realRead Morepla n to address the property tax burden on residents." Who do they think they’re fooling?
Art Vatsky April 23, 2014 at 06:56 AM
I have to agree, once again, with Trustworthy Tom. By keeping keeping us distracted with wildRead Moregoose chases like the $21,000 bathroom for the poor condition Rt. 4 building and the unpopular 4 day work week at town hall, our Council has been using us as cash cows, running THEIR projects and increasing OUR DEBT. Unlike hundreds of other towns in NJ, Teaneck has avoided some serious problems like train derailments and major SuperStorm Sandy damage. Still, our Township looks less than "spiffy". Trees remain missing on the Cedar Lane Streetscape. Our street sign rewplacement program - half finished - is on hold because money has been spent elsewhere. The increased debt locks in tax increases for future budgets. "Stabilze Taxes"!! Are the incumbents (aside from Lizette Parker) the kind of people we will put back on the Council? Do we want them to continue to make cash cows out of us? I hope not.
Art Vatsky April 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM
I endorse Eva's comments. Teaneck's government is controlled by the Teaneck Council and the manager Read Morewho serves at the pleasure of the Council. These four compose the majority of the seven member Council. What they say, goes. I am not happy with construction projects with poor outcomes, nor other projects with excessive budgets, nor undone projects like the absence of a truck garage for our DPW fleet or bathrooms at the new soccer field. Three million for a soccer stadium without bathrooms!! Does that make sense?
Laura Mausner April 17, 2014 at 08:54 PM
I heartily agree with Eva's perceptive comments. This election is about policies and not aboutRead Morerelig ion. Any effort to insinuate the opposite is a form of mud-slinging which has been used effectively before, but , I hope , can no longer fool the voters of this town. Let the Council majority defend the votes they took .Their religion is irrelevant, Laura Mausner..