It seems that Fair Haven’s Mayor Mike Halfacre may not be very happy with his Republican counter-part in Middeltown based on a comment that he left on another blog site that posted Gerry Scharfenbegerger “Middletown Tax Info” email.
In his attempt to make it seem that he was doing a good job at managing Middletown’s finances, Scharfenebrger as usual compared apples to oranges when he tried to compare Middeltown to Fair Haven by writing the following:
“Middletown has one of the lowest tax rates in the region. While we are currently at 35 cents, Fair Haven, for example, is almost 49 cents and Little Silver is over 50 cents.”
Halfacre picked up on this misnomer with the following comment:
“Fair Haven’s tax rate was 49.1 cents in 2007. Our rate is 45.8 in 2010. Over that same time frame state “aid” was cut nearly in half.
Comparing tax rates town to town does not give an idea of fiscal soundness, as every town is different. Middletown’s budget is ten times Fair Haven’s. They supply vastly different services. For example, FH does not have a swim club, housing authorities or facilities, etc. the list goes on and on”
Thanks Mayor Halfacre for pointing out to Gerry what many of us on the other side of the isle have been talking about for years now about him. That is, he likes to make broad and sweeping apples to oranges comparisions between Middletown and other towns such as Atlantic City, Newark, Camden and now Fair Haven, towns that have little in common with Middeltown, to make points about how well he and his friends have run Middletown.