LTE: Death and Taxes

To the Editor:

American founder Benjamin Franklin warned us that “nothing in this life is certain except death and taxes.” And taxes, it seems, are always going up.

But not in Hopewell Township.

Thanks to persistent budget discipline and savvy financial management, the municipal portion of our local property tax bills in Hopewell Township actually went down this year. It is the first decline in 15 years, and we can expect more reductions in coming years.

This was not a random event. Careful fact-gathering, rigorous analysis, and innovative use of provisions in state law drove smart decisions. Hopewell Township will still provide a full range of police protection, public works, and other services and fund our fair share of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. But homeowner tax bills will be smaller.

Who made this work for Hopewell Township taxpayers? Hopewell Township Mayor Courtney Peters-Manning, Township Committee Members David Chait, Kevin Kuchinski, Michael Ruger, and Uma Purandare. Courtney Peters-Manning and David Chait are running for Hopewell Township Committee seats this year. Voters can cast their ballots in advance by mail or at early voting locations and at regular polling locations on November 8. Courtney and David have demonstrated leadership that benefits our whole community, and they deserve our votes. 

Bill Stolow
Hopewell Township 

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