A reader sent along the following comment, it was too good to bury in the comments section so I’m posting it here on the main page for everyone read:

We may be the biggest small town in New Jersey, but we now hold a far more dubious distinction. The town with the highest tax increase in the State. When Gerry Scharfenberger proposed his budget Monday night it included a staggering 13.9% increase. When I hear Chris Christie talking about a 2.5% cap I really have to laugh, because his lapdog, Gerry (who was meeting with him the next day) is proposing a budget increase over 5 times that amount. Is this something Christie is going to let his local finance board approve? He said NO, but I really wonder what he will do for his pal Gerry.

One has to wonder why Scharfenberger, Fiore, Massell, and Brightbill support this budget? They all ran on platforms saying they would lower taxes and now they approve the highest tax increase in the state. At the meeting they claimed it was beyond their control. If that’s the case then they should resign so we can have committee member who will really work to control our taxes.

Is it any wonder why Sean Brynes and the rest of the town is clamoring for a Finance Committee? With a tax increase 0f 13.9% we need outsiders looking at this budget. The insiders certainly don’t understand that we can’t afford their budget plans.

Do you agree? It sounds about right to me.


Filed under budget planning, Gerry Scharfenberger, Gov. Chris Christie, Middletown, Sean F. Byrnes, tax increase

6 responses to “Could Middletown Have Introduced "THE HIGHEST TAX INCREASE IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY"

  1. These "fearless four" should be run out of town.The people in this town should DEMAND their resignations.This is an insult to the integrity and intelligence of the residents of Middletown.Political buffoons ,all of them.

  2. What is it going to take the people of Middletown to face reality and realize the Republicans, who have been in complete power for 29 years, have lost all credibility. This tax increase is outrageous and unacceptable. To say that things are out of their control is just laughable. They've lost control of their senses!The arrogance of the Mayor to critize the teacher's union for not taking a pay freeze when he has not done the same or stopped the spending in his own administration is beyond hypocritical.When will the residents get it. Stop with the party line vote. It's killing our town.

  3. Where's Gerry's fairy godfather, the Governor, with his checkbook ???

  4. Middletown is run by "snake oil salesmen". Slick as they come,huh???Where's your "plan",Gerry,ole holy one? Was it always ,excuses.excuses.excuses and then a near 14 percent increase. After a revaluation that equates to near ruin to many of the residents of this community! RESIGN Gerry,Tony.Stevie and Pammy….you are all ignorant of the FACTS OF LIFE TODAY!!! We are in a deep recession,the unemployment rate is near 10% nationwide and these dimwits must have their heads in the sand.Not their fault,give us a break,Ridiculous or are they all unconscious. Budget by osmosis??Get rid of the dead wood,the nepotism,the arts center,the pool club and the SEWAGE AUTHORITY("retirement home" for former committee people).Stop pointing fingers as you are NOT WITHOUT FAULT!!

  5. How much is for their pay raises, ridicululous health benefits not seen in the public and their pensions. I'm sure alot of it..what a bunch of crooks you should demand their resignations…wake up are being robbed by your own committee.

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