Tax cap referendums defeated in all five Burlington County towns

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Voters in Bordentown Township, Lumberton, Mansfield, Medford and Mount Holly had their say Wednesday on whether they wanted to pay higher taxes to maintain their municipalities' services. Full Story
Albert Erden

Medford, NJ

#2 Apr 28, 2011
Police 1 Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:18 Taxpayer
Philly pay their cops $33grand and Medford about 80 with overtime. Then free health and after 25 about 66% of their pay for life plus benefits and most go through a career never getting in a fight. Consider the school police and inside cops. Medford needs to hire pt officers who will be happy just to work. BCC has a great Criminal Justice program. Why not coordinate something with them? Gives the students experience and saves big bucks. BCC criminal justice students are a resource that could save towns alot of $ but bring a collapse to the kingdoms amassed by local police. How about the Freeholders, Dr Messina and the town managers explore this viable and inexpensive and no benefits payable alternative. I am one pissed off taxpayer struggling everyday while all Medford can do is cry and plead for more taxes. Think outside the box people!
Really

Berlin, NJ

#3 Apr 28, 2011
Albert Erden wrote:
Police 1 Thursday, 28 April 2011 11:18 Taxpayer
Philly pay their cops $33grand and Medford about 80 with overtime. Then free health and after 25 about 66% of their pay for life plus benefits and most go through a career never getting in a fight. Consider the school police and inside cops. Medford needs to hire pt officers who will be happy just to work. BCC has a great Criminal Justice program. Why not coordinate something with them? Gives the students experience and saves big bucks. BCC criminal justice students are a resource that could save towns alot of $ but bring a collapse to the kingdoms amassed by local police. How about the Freeholders, Dr Messina and the town managers explore this viable and inexpensive and no benefits payable alternative. I am one pissed off taxpayer struggling everyday while all Medford can do is cry and plead for more taxes. Think outside the box people!
Are you kidding? You really believe an untrained 18 year old College student is the person you want responding when you need help? This pension system has been around for years and at least officers contribute. You're blind to the facts and fat Christie has made the police, fire, and teachers look like crooks for the states own incompetency. Whitman was the thief that started these problems in the first place. The pension system was one of the benefits of working crap hours and dealing with idiots like you.
Al Arden

Medford, NJ

#4 May 1, 2011
Really? Use students as specials; same as Medford Lakes! Why are you crying about Republicans? Simply, public servants need a savings plan just like millions of others. Need to eliminate pensions or severely increase contributions. New police should start at $33,000. I guarantee that hundreds will lineup for the job! Medford is overpaid.
Can't wait to find out how much Medford paid to lure the Moorestown Administrator away! Anyone know?

Since: Apr 11

Saint Paul, MN

#5 May 12, 2011
Teachers, police, firemen, as with most public servants (everyone except the home-inspectors/Nazis), are amongst the most honorable and upstanding citizens in our small towns. No one becomes a teacher to get rich. All the “problems” we hear about the police are exaggerations on behaviors and attitudes of a very small minority. And, the operative word in volunteer firefighter is “volunteer.”

What I cannot understand is how respectable, mostly college-educated, and presumably intelligent individuals are so brainwashable by the rhetoric from their unions. All Christie did was tell the local governments to cut their budgets by about 10%. Find the fat, and cut it. State and local governments have been living like pigs at the trough for over a decade. Don’t tell me that after coming off a decade-long gluttonous binge, there isn’t fat that can’t be found and trimmed from every government budget. Sorry, I support Christie on this issue (not every issue, but certainly this one).

It is the “implementation” of these cuts, not the cuts themselves, that is bad. We do NOT need to lay off people who serve our communities with honor and distinction. We do NOT need to cut services. What we need are competent township committees, school boards, Chiefs of PoPo, Superintendents, Mayors etc., who can manage their operations within the available budget. We need individuals who are able to step up to this challenge. Seems like what we got are a bunch of weak politicians who whine about how it’s not their fault and blame their failures on Christie.

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