>Shortly after 12:00PM this afternoon my phone rang, on the other end of the phone was another robo-call from the group calling themselves “Concerned Citizens Of Middletown”. This time the robo- call’s message was geared toward “bonding” and the amount of debt that the Township has incurred over the years.
According to the call, Middletown is currently $73 million dollars in debt and nearly 20% of very tax dollar collected by the Township is must be allocated to pay it off, which seems about right to me, give or take a little either way.
People have been asking me if I have any information on this group, unfortunately I don’t but would like to find out. My suspicions are that they are a Tea Party group or a few disgruntled township employees who want to get information out about the shell games the Township Committee has been playing over the past couple of years.
If any one has any other information on this “Concerned Citizens of Middletown” group, please send it along.
Below is the message that went out today, I recorded off my answering machine so that I could post it here.
>While I was going through my voicemail last night I discovered a Robocall left by a goup calling themselves “Concerned Citizens of Middletown”.
The robocall was about the recently completed township wide reassessment and seems to have been smartly timed to coincide with the mailing of property tax notices to Middletown homeowners.
The message seems to be simple enough; Just because homeowner’s property valves have been reassessed lower it doesn’t mean that the amount of taxes they will pay will be lower as a result. Middletown must raise the tax rate to correspond with falling property values in order to collect the $45 million dollars or so needed to support the Township budget.
I recorded message off my answering machine and have posted it below along with a transcript below that.
My only question about this robocall is, who is this group that calls themselves Concerned Citizens of Middletown? I like their message.
I wonder if they have anything to do with local TEA party activists?
Hello, I am a concerned Middletown resident.
Have you heard that the Township committee is engaging in an elaborate shell game with our tax dollars?
After spending millions on a re-evaluation and now a reassessment to fix faulty property values, our taxes will not be going down.
As a matter of fact they will be going up!
Regardless of how our homes are valued the Township needs to collect $45 million to balance its budget.
Pay close attention to your next tax bill then check with your neighbors. Were their taxes affected?
Paid for by the Concerned Citizens of Middletown.