Letter to the Editor: Breathtaking Budget Hypocrisy

To the Editor:

All 4 Democrats and no Republican voted in favor of Hopewell Township’s risky 2017 budget, which increases spending by close to 6% (over twice the inflation rate), uses close to 34% of our Emergency Fund, and violates the State’s rule of thumb on Emergency Fund usage by over 110%.

Let’s compare the previously-spoken words of those 4 Democrats to their recent budget action:

On March 26, 2015, in a letter to a local newspaper editor entitled, “We need to find a different way,” Deputy Mayor Blake wrote that raising our taxes and tapping into our surplus hurt us in the long run, and that she and her fellow Democrats reject that approach. Apparently not this time.

For Mayor Kevin Kuchinski’s 2017 speech, see this link.

On August 20, 2015, in a letter to a local newspaper editor entitled, “Make township more affordable,” Mayor Kuchinsky wrote that spending increases should be 1% or less. Apparently not this time.

For Kristin McLaughlin’s letter to the editor, see this link.

On October 28, 2016, in a letter to a local newspaper editor entitled, “Committed to ensuring township stays affordable,” Committee Member McLaughlin wrote that spending increases equal extra burden on taxpayers and we must keep spending under control. Apparently not this time.

Every year, Committee Member Vanessa Sandom complains about the need to have a conversation regarding discretionary services, but every year does nothing to cause that needed conversation to happen.  Apparently not this time either.

As the votes were cast, the hypocrisy in the room was breathtaking.

Harvey Lester, Titusville, NJ

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