Middletown Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger is preoccupied with everything but the 13 percent tax increase, introduced in June, to be voted on July 19.
Instead of working to reduce this tax burden on the homeowners, he is focusing his attention on supporting legislation to prevent unions from contributing to political groups.
Scharfenberger should know that legislation such as this was recently brought before the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled that government may not ban political spending by corporations and other advocacy groups, such as labor unions.
The mayor should use his time to support the taxpayers of Middletown by trying to reduce the tax burden. The increase this year is the result of the many years of mismanagement by the leaders of this town.