Going out on a limb to remove healthy tree
Iwas shocked to hear that Milltown Borough Councilman Michael Skarzynski introduced a resolution to have taxpayer money used to remove a tree from a resident's property. via Home News Tribune
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#1 Sep 20, 2007
Skarzynski's arrogance and shameless self-promotion is practically legendary. Several years ago, when running for council, he had the playground equipment at Albert Avenue park installed just before the election. He also put the town in great financial jeopardy when the town wanted to lend money to a developer for the shopping strip by the Home Depot. A lawyer came to the council meeting just before the vote and explained how, if the developer defaulted on the loan, Milltown taxpayers would foot the bill. He stared at his shoes and ignored the logic, then voted FOR the loan. I know, I was there and was watching him. Skarzynski is all about himself and his political gain.
Ask him and the other council members HOW the best interests of Milltown awill be served when the Ford avenue development is built. Will our taxes go down? Of course not. Milltown will need to pay for immediate 25% population increase with police, utilities, traffic lights, sewage restructuring, busing more children to school, and don't forget the asbestos clean-up.
Think about this: The cleanup will easily be in the seven figure range. Anything short of a 100% grant from the state will have devasting consequences for all Milltown taxpayers.
We need to draw revenue to ease the tax burden and this is clearly NOT the way to go.
A more logical solution would be to make the entire development into office space. The office workers will not drain our resources as much, yet they will generate income for the struggling Milltown businesses and provide some needed tax relief.
I hope the council will use their heads because Milltown is one of the last nice hometowns left.
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