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Taxes and Middletown, Perfect Together

As anyone who follow this blog knows, I am no fan of the Middeltown GOP and their bond, spend ,tax and then blame others, policies. 

Since late February, I have been pointing out that the Middletown Republicans, who have controlled  the township committee for the past 20 some odd years, have been planning a 9.2% municipal tax increase this year in order to plug a $2.4 million hole in the township budget that has not been adopted yet. This budget shortfall is approximately the same as last years, when the township used  a couple of one shot revenue gimmicks in addition to a 7.2% tax increase balance the budget.
In order to keep Middletown running for the past 5+ months, temporary budget resolutions have needed to be passed by the township committee. At last count, nearly 50% of  the expected operating expenses for the township for fiscal year 2009 have already been spent or have been allocated  to be spent. 
Now, how will it be possible to cut $2.4 million from the last remaining 50% of budget to avoid a 9.2% rate increase?  You can’t, unless your willing make very hard choices. Choices that the Republicans in town have refused to make for the past 20 something years.
That is why, with this years increase, Middletown’s tax rate will have risen 25% over the past 4 years.
At some point you need to look in the mirror and stop blaming others for your short comings. 
Like Middletown, other municipalities around that state, as well as along the bayshore, have been saddled with reduced aid and unfunded mandates from Trenton. However the impact has not had nearly the same adverse effects as here, because instead of blaming others, these towns  looked at themselves and made choices that dealt with the problem instead of playing the avoid and blame game. 
There are two other very good posts today from Pat Walsh’s Middletown Musings blog and Matt Morehead’s A Voice for Youth blog that address Middletown’s budget dealings. 
Walsh’s talks about the townships use of deferred school board taxes, while Morehead’s post asks why other towns in the area have been able to keep their tax rate stable while Middletowns has skyrocketed. 
    

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Morehead To Announce Candidacy for 13th District

Matt Morehead, Chairman of the Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats, has just announced that he will be seeking the Democratic Party line to challenge Republican Amy Handlin in the 13th NJ Legislative District Assembly race this year.
 The Middletown resident  will be appearing at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft to announce his intent to run for public office.

The press event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center’s Navesink II Room.

Will he actually get the go ahead from the Monmouth Democrats? It’s hard to say, but I wouldn’t rule it out. After all I haven’t heard of anyone else that is willing to run against Handlin as of yet.
Matt Morehead is a fresh face that has worked very hard over the past couple of years to bring attention to youth issues. He could put up a very good fight if given the chance.
 
 Caption: Matt Morehead with Victory Scudiery and Brookdale Democratic Club President

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Tony "the fibber" Fiore passing along yet another falsehood

Tony “the fibber” Fiore is at it again. The Republican Candidate for Middletown Township Committee is passing along falsehoods as if they were facts. 

This time out instead of passing a long a puffed up resume’ and miss representing himself as something he is not, he is trying to link his opponents in this years upcoming election to the COAH controversy.
In a recent letter that has been published on the Atlantic Highlands Herald  website, Fiore states that his Democratic opponents for Township Committee back the proposed changes to COAH, which would have a huge negitive impact on Middletown.
This is not true and is yet another attempt by him and the Middletown GOP to try and take the heat way from themselves for totally miss-handling the issue for the past 25 years.
The Middletown Democratic Candidates, Patricia Walsh and Jim Grenafege, have not come out in support of the recent legislation that was passed by the Statehouse  and signed into law by Governor Corzine . They have in fact expressed their concerns over the issue and what the impact will mean to Middletown.
It should be note, that Matt Morehead, the Chairman of the Bayshore Young Democrats, is working alone on this issue. The Middletown Democratic Committee’s position on this issue, as far as I am aware is, that the Republican majority has miss handled the issue and now the Township must work within the guidelines of the law.
Instead of passing along false information Tony, how about addressing your resume’ and the miss information you have passed off as facts? As far as know, Melissa Gaffney and the Courier are still waiting to see documentation to prove your experiences that are on your resume’ are legit and not just fluff. 
How about it Tony, why don’t you just come clean and admit that you are a fraud and be done with. It will save the residents of this community embarrassment later if you just resign from the Planning Board and your candidacy for the Township Committee now instead of after the election. 
  

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Tony "the fibber" Fiore passing along yet another falsehood

Tony “the fibber” Fiore is at it again. The Republican Candidate for Middletown Township Committee is passing along falsehoods as if they were facts. 

This time out instead of passing a long a puffed up resume’ and miss representing himself as something he is not, he is trying to link his opponents in this years upcoming election to the COAH controversy.
In a recent letter that has been published on the Atlantic Highlands Herald  website, Fiore states that his Democratic opponents for Township Committee back the proposed changes to COAH, which would have a huge negitive impact on Middletown.
This is not true and is yet another attempt by him and the Middletown GOP to try and take the heat way from themselves for totally miss-handling the issue for the past 25 years.
The Middletown Democratic Candidates, Patricia Walsh and Jim Grenafege, have not come out in support of the recent legislation that was passed by the Statehouse  and signed into law by Governor Corzine . They have in fact expressed their concerns over the issue and what the impact will mean to Middletown.
It should be note, that Matt Morehead, the Chairman of the Bayshore Young Democrats, is working alone on this issue. The Middletown Democratic Committee’s position on this issue, as far as I am aware is, that the Republican majority has miss handled the issue and now the Township must work within the guidelines of the law.
Instead of passing along false information Tony, how about addressing your resume’ and the miss information you have passed off as facts? As far as know, Melissa Gaffney and the Courier are still waiting to see documentation to prove your experiences that are on your resume’ are legit and not just fluff. 
How about it Tony, why don’t you just come clean and admit that you are a fraud and be done with. It will save the residents of this community embarrassment later if you just resign from the Planning Board and your candidacy for the Township Committee now instead of after the election. 
  

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Middletown’s meeting to discuss COAH turned ugly last night


I received a few phone calls today about last nights meeting in Middletown to discuss the COAH rule revisions that will be taking effect. I wasn’t there but from what I have been told it turned very ugly.

As it turns out, the story about the meeting last night that appears in today’s Asbury Park Press does not go into any detail about what happened during and after the public comments portion of the meeting. 
After opening the meeting for comments, a very long, uncomfortable moment passed without anyone interested in speaking. Just before the meeting was going to be closed, Matt Morehead, Chairman of the Bayshore Young Democrats raised his hand to address the crowd.
 
It was at this point, I am told that it got ugly. Even before Mr. Morehead could get a word out he was immediately bombarded with hisses and catcalls. It seems as though the auditorium was packed with local members of the Middletown Republican Party, who were all just waiting for Mr. Morehead  to speak.  
When Matt finished his comments and attempted to leave the building he was accosted and surrounded in the lobby of the Middletown Arts Center by the same people who would not allow him to speak his mind inside of the auditorium.  I am told that he was called several choice names that can not be printed along with being labeled as a communistic socialist. 
It is unfortunate that these people have to act so childish. Instead of taking out their anger on the true culprits, the township’s Republican leadership who had 23 years in which to fully comply with COAH, they instead direct threats and insults at Matt Morehead for pushing the affordable housing issue to the forefront of discussion. For some reason these people feel Matt is responsible somehow for the state’s elimination of the use of RCA’s to help towns meet their affordable housing requirements, which is simply not true. The elimination of RCA’s had been discussed long before Mr. Morehead arrived on the scene.    
I am sure that Matt will have more to say about this on his blog “A Voice for the Youth” soon.
You can click on the headline to read the APP’s account of what happend at the meeting.

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Middletown’s meeting to discuss COAH turned ugly last night


I received a few phone calls today about last nights meeting in Middletown to discuss the COAH rule revisions that will be taking effect. I wasn’t there but from what I have been told it turned very ugly.

As it turns out, the story about the meeting last night that appears in today’s Asbury Park Press does not go into any detail about what happened during and after the public comments portion of the meeting. 
After opening the meeting for comments, a very long, uncomfortable moment passed without anyone interested in speaking. Just before the meeting was going to be closed, Matt Morehead, Chairman of the Bayshore Young Democrats raised his hand to address the crowd.
 
It was at this point, I am told that it got ugly. Even before Mr. Morehead could get a word out he was immediately bombarded with hisses and catcalls. It seems as though the auditorium was packed with local members of the Middletown Republican Party, who were all just waiting for Mr. Morehead  to speak.  
When Matt finished his comments and attempted to leave the building he was accosted and surrounded in the lobby of the Middletown Arts Center by the same people who would not allow him to speak his mind inside of the auditorium.  I am told that he was called several choice names that can not be printed along with being labeled as a communistic socialist. 
It is unfortunate that these people have to act so childish. Instead of taking out their anger on the true culprits, the township’s Republican leadership who had 23 years in which to fully comply with COAH, they instead direct threats and insults at Matt Morehead for pushing the affordable housing issue to the forefront of discussion. For some reason these people feel Matt is responsible somehow for the state’s elimination of the use of RCA’s to help towns meet their affordable housing requirements, which is simply not true. The elimination of RCA’s had been discussed long before Mr. Morehead arrived on the scene.    
I am sure that Matt will have more to say about this on his blog “A Voice for the Youth” soon.
You can click on the headline to read the APP’s account of what happend at the meeting.

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>Words carry not only meaning, but evoke evils from the past as well…

>Matt Morehead, over at the Voice For The Youth blog has posted a thoughtful and compassionate response to Art Gallahger’s ill conceived attempts to address race relations and the use of the “N” word.

Matt also notes that one of Art’s supporters is none other than Eric Sedler, Chairman of the Monmouth County Young Republicans.
I wonder if Joe Oxley, the new Chairman for the Monmouth County GOP, also supports Art Gallahger and his MoreMonmouthMusings rants when it comes to is attempt to address race and the use of the “N” word? 
Click on the headline to read Matt’s response to Art Gallagher

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Words carry not only meaning, but evoke evils from the past as well…

Matt Morehead, over at the Voice For The Youth blog has posted a thoughtful and compassionate response to Art Gallahger’s ill conceived attempts to address race relations and the use of the “N” word.

Matt also notes that one of Art’s supporters is none other than Eric Sedler, Chairman of the Monmouth County Young Republicans.
I wonder if Joe Oxley, the new Chairman for the Monmouth County GOP, also supports Art Gallahger and his MoreMonmouthMusings rants when it comes to is attempt to address race and the use of the “N” word? 
Click on the headline to read Matt’s response to Art Gallagher

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Facts About Middletown’s COAH Obligations


 I recieved this email today from Matt Morehead, Chairman of the Monmouth County Young Democrats, it explains some of the facts behind Middletown’s obligation under COAH.
Thanks Matt for passing it on.

To all:
There are a lot of misconceptions going around about Middletown and its COAH obligations. Where I understand the fears that many of you have about how this issue will impact this year’s campaign. I am writing to fill you in on some real facts about Middletown and its fair share obligation.

FACT ONE:
Middletown will not have to build 8,000 units of affordable housing. This number that the mayor has been throwing around is total not true. You would only do this if you add together all three rounds of our obligation together and times it by a factor of 4. As we all know Middletown has built and signed RCAs (Regional Contribution Agreements) for many of its round one and two fair share obligations already. The problem that Middletown is having with round one and two is that they are short on the construction of a good number of these units and they have not funded a portion of their RCAs at the same time. When the new rules take effect the RCAs that Middletown has not paid for most likely will come back to the town. When this happens our total obligation will be somewhere around 800-900 units 

FACT TWO:
You do not have to build affordable housing at a 4 to 1 ratio of market rate to affordable. You have the ability to build developments that are 100% affordable. The town can do this, a developer can do this, or a nonprofit like HUD can build it. The only one of these three that impacts the tax payer is if the town chooses to foot the bill for the construction. There is also a trust fund set up to help with the cost of this construction (though Middletown has made it so it does not currently qualify for these funds because of past practices). You have the ability to attract privet companies to build managed care facilities like nursing homes, facilities for mutably handicapped people, and group homes. If I remember right these also count as one and a half credits per room. Also most of these put no children into the school system and will have little if no cost to the tax payers on that end.

FACT THREE:
These obligations do not come totally from a Supreme Court ruling. In 1975 the Supreme Court handed down its Mt. Loral dissension that stated that every municipality has the responsibility to provide a realistic expectation of its regions affordable housing needs (present and future). When towns were not responsive to this ruling  the New Jersey Legislature was forced to act. In 1985 the Fair Housing Act was signed into law by Gov. Kean (who ironically enough was a Republican).This law made affordable housing a constitutional obligation and also created COAH (The Commission On Affordable Housing). This group was charged with creating the guidelines for every municipality in the state and making shore that they were met. This group also monitored the progress of this process and has the ability to find towns noncompliant. If a town falls under noncompliance they are left open to developers to build anything they wish as long as they build at least 20% of the development as affordable. This is done thru a builders remedy lawsuit. With this the courts decide how the town is developed not the planning board. Towns that are noncompliant also can get no state grant money. The first questions on the applications for state money is, are you COAH compliant?

FACT FOUR:
Middletown is not totally compliant. Middletown is on the verge on becoming noncompliant. The town has not totally lived up to the law. The town falls short in its round two plan and has not funded all of its RCAs. This is why the town is facing a big problem. They have had 23 years to fulfill their obligation. Now with about ten years left they are finding that they may not be able to fulfill there obligation in a proper manner. The town has spent it time and our money instead on costly legal battles that have all ended in defeat (on a side note all this tax money has gone in the pockets of our townships attorneys and the townships special attorney for COAH).

FACT FIVE:
Middletown was ordered to repay a trust fund setup to offset the cost of the construction of affordable housing. The town was allowed to tax developer and companies to lessen the burden on residents to construct affordable housing. They were to put this tax money into a trust fund which was monitored by COAH. COAH found that the town over spent this money on administration, on what is essentially a checking account . The town was then ordered to repay over $82,000 to the account. This means that over $82,000 was shifted to the residents of Middletown if they actually paid the money back . This is also most likely why the town does not qualify for state money for affordable housing.

Matthew Morehead
Chairman- Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats



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Facts About Middletown’s COAH Obligations


 I recieved this email today from Matt Morehead, Chairman of the Monmouth County Young Democrats, it explains some of the facts behind Middletown’s obligation under COAH.
Thanks Matt for passing it on.

To all:
There are a lot of misconceptions going around about Middletown and its COAH obligations. Where I understand the fears that many of you have about how this issue will impact this year’s campaign. I am writing to fill you in on some real facts about Middletown and its fair share obligation.

FACT ONE:
Middletown will not have to build 8,000 units of affordable housing. This number that the mayor has been throwing around is total not true. You would only do this if you add together all three rounds of our obligation together and times it by a factor of 4. As we all know Middletown has built and signed RCAs (Regional Contribution Agreements) for many of its round one and two fair share obligations already. The problem that Middletown is having with round one and two is that they are short on the construction of a good number of these units and they have not funded a portion of their RCAs at the same time. When the new rules take effect the RCAs that Middletown has not paid for most likely will come back to the town. When this happens our total obligation will be somewhere around 800-900 units 

FACT TWO:
You do not have to build affordable housing at a 4 to 1 ratio of market rate to affordable. You have the ability to build developments that are 100% affordable. The town can do this, a developer can do this, or a nonprofit like HUD can build it. The only one of these three that impacts the tax payer is if the town chooses to foot the bill for the construction. There is also a trust fund set up to help with the cost of this construction (though Middletown has made it so it does not currently qualify for these funds because of past practices). You have the ability to attract privet companies to build managed care facilities like nursing homes, facilities for mutably handicapped people, and group homes. If I remember right these also count as one and a half credits per room. Also most of these put no children into the school system and will have little if no cost to the tax payers on that end.

FACT THREE:
These obligations do not come totally from a Supreme Court ruling. In 1975 the Supreme Court handed down its Mt. Loral dissension that stated that every municipality has the responsibility to provide a realistic expectation of its regions affordable housing needs (present and future). When towns were not responsive to this ruling  the New Jersey Legislature was forced to act. In 1985 the Fair Housing Act was signed into law by Gov. Kean (who ironically enough was a Republican).This law made affordable housing a constitutional obligation and also created COAH (The Commission On Affordable Housing). This group was charged with creating the guidelines for every municipality in the state and making shore that they were met. This group also monitored the progress of this process and has the ability to find towns noncompliant. If a town falls under noncompliance they are left open to developers to build anything they wish as long as they build at least 20% of the development as affordable. This is done thru a builders remedy lawsuit. With this the courts decide how the town is developed not the planning board. Towns that are noncompliant also can get no state grant money. The first questions on the applications for state money is, are you COAH compliant?

FACT FOUR:
Middletown is not totally compliant. Middletown is on the verge on becoming noncompliant. The town has not totally lived up to the law. The town falls short in its round two plan and has not funded all of its RCAs. This is why the town is facing a big problem. They have had 23 years to fulfill their obligation. Now with about ten years left they are finding that they may not be able to fulfill there obligation in a proper manner. The town has spent it time and our money instead on costly legal battles that have all ended in defeat (on a side note all this tax money has gone in the pockets of our townships attorneys and the townships special attorney for COAH).

FACT FIVE:
Middletown was ordered to repay a trust fund setup to offset the cost of the construction of affordable housing. The town was allowed to tax developer and companies to lessen the burden on residents to construct affordable housing. They were to put this tax money into a trust fund which was monitored by COAH. COAH found that the town over spent this money on administration, on what is essentially a checking account . The town was then ordered to repay over $82,000 to the account. This means that over $82,000 was shifted to the residents of Middletown if they actually paid the money back . This is also most likely why the town does not qualify for state money for affordable housing.

Matthew Morehead
Chairman- Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats



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