The Democrats want to continue the record of the last Mayor and administration. What is that signature accomplishment? Doubling our Borough debt. By our reckoning, the last Mayor, who was the Democratic nominee until replaced by O’Dea, has doubled our Borough’s debt burden to nearly $15 million dollars including the $1.2 million borrowed this year. That is almost $2,000 for every man, woman, and child in the borough without considering the associated $325,000 of annual interest to carry this debt.
What’s worse, this trend will carry on until 2020 with long term budget projections calling for another $2.7MM of additional debt.
We hope you were able to catch Leonard Lance’s winning performance in last Thursday’s 7th congressional district debate! If not you can watch his closing statement here!
Election day is almost here! Please go to LanceForCongress.com and sign up to volunteer and Get Out The Vote!
Hi Neighbors –
This week, we want to highlight that in comparison to other towns, our municipal tax rate, which our mayor and council vote on, is moving in the wrong direction. In 2011 our rate was ranked 8th out of the 21 towns in Somerset county (See here for the full list).
The BRMC received this letter from a concerned citizen. Excellent points are made, so we wanted to share. This is a key issue for our November election:
I am a relatively new resident of Bernardsville, having moved into the borough a little over four years ago. While there are times I couldn’t have imagined a better place to live and raise my family, things are not what people perceive in and around my neighborhood.
My # 1 issue today is the continued deterioration of the housing situation, specifically the illegal overcrowding of rental properties in the borough. While most of this “stacking” has occurred in the section of the borough known as “Little Italy”, I see it spreading to other neighborhoods and is affecting every Bernardsville homeowner, no matter where you live.
Fellow Bernardsville Resident,
For years, the local Democrat candidates for borough council have made an issue of our downtown development. Yet they never come up with viable solutions that make fiscal sense.
We believe we need to take an entirely new approach.
Exciting news in the Garden State! Stockton University just released a new poll that has the U.S. Senate race between Bob Hugin and Bob Menendez TIED!
Here are some highlights from the poll:
- The race for a U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey is a statistical dead heat.
- Menendez, who was reprimanded by a Senate ethics panel after corruption charges were dismissed following a mistrial, is viewed unfavorably by 54 percent, with 30 percent having favorable views
- Fifty-nine percent of voters say the corruption charges against Menendez are an extremely important or significant factor in their vote.
We need everyone to get involved now as we are just over a month to election day! Please contact the NJGOP here if you can volunteer, phone bank or go door-to-door!