The Social Security Administration today announced a 2010 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 0% for Social Security recepients. In response to this news, Township Committee candidates Harlin Parker and Jody Price have vowed not to vote for a 2010 municipal budget containing a tax increase exceeding 0%. In other words, they will not vote to increase your muncipal tax bill in 2010. Period.
Harlin and Jody's reasoning is simple...we shouldn't ask more from fixed income seniors if they have no way of paying for it.
This is in stark contrast Ken Short who increased municipal taxes by 11.1% in 2005 and has yet to vow to never do it again.
In 2005, I became the first non-Republican to win a seat on the Washington Township Committee since 1978. My decision to enter politics was solely driven by 2005's infamous 11% municipal tax increase imposed by an all Republican committee. Over the next three years, my efforts as Finance Liaison drove municipal tax growth below 3%. As you can see from the chart above, it didn't take the Republicans long to screw up a good thing. In fact, it seems my efforts were so successful the GOP recently abolished the position of Finance Liaison to avoid comparisons to my record.
In late 2007, I joined the Morris County for Obama grassroots organization as its Co-Chair and made the decision to affiliate with the Democrat Party and run on the Democrat ticket in the 2008 Primary and General Elections. As many predicted, running as a Democrat in “Republican dominated” Washington Township didn’t advance my political career. While Obama’s overall electoral fate did not rest in the hands of township voters, mine obviously did.
Nevertheless, I am proud to have served as the local “anchor” man on the President's ticket and have no regrets whatsoever.