Mayor Yaede Calls On Council to Approve Her Tax Cutting Budget
Today, Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly
Yaede is once again calling upon the Township Council to approve her proposed
2019 Municipal Budget that would provide Hamilton taxpayers with a decrease in
the municipal tax rate.
“I am once again calling on the Township
Council to support my plan to reduce municipal taxes,” says Mayor Yaede. “If Council President Martin or any Council
Member is opposed to this tax cut for Hamilton taxpayers, they should come
forward and publicly say so.”
Under Mayor Yaede’s plan, municipal
taxes would be cut by over 1 ¼
(1.25) percent, while still investing in road repair projects, police
vehicles and senior services.
“Council President Martin and the
Township Council should do their job and not hold a tax cut for Hamilton residents
hostage,” says Mayor Yaede.
But recently, the Council President
has attempted to use Hamilton’s sewer utility – which has had no rate increase over the past
decade – as a reason not to approve Mayor Yaede’s municipal budget proposal
to reduce taxes.
While referencing the sewer budget
in an email, Council President Jeff Martin, wrote, “Council will not be passing
a budget until such time as we are comfortable that these [referring to the sewer] budget anomalies are adequately
addressed.” However, the sewer utility is not funded by municipal taxes and
would have no effect on Mayor Yaede’s proposed municipal tax cut.
Additionally, Council President
Martin curiously stated during budget hearings his concern for ‘Robbinsville’ taxpayers.
Robbinsville currently owes Hamilton’s sewer utility $1 million for past
sewer service and is not paying its fair share in terms of its overall
percentage usage (flow), which has grown by 60 percent over the past two
decades with its increased development.
“Council President Martin and his
Council colleagues need to remember that they serve on the Hamilton Township
Council – not the Robbinsville Township Council,” says Mayor Yaede. “If this Council is more concerned about a
town that owes Hamilton’s sewer utility $1 million dollars than in providing a
tax cut for Hamilton residents, then perhaps they should consider seeking
public office in Robbinsville.”
Lastly, the Township Council has
attempted to suggest that the sewer utility will ‘run out of funds’, which
Mayor Yaede explains is an unjustified scare tactic.
“Thanks to the strong financial
management of our sewer utility, which has not increased rates over the past
decade, our utility has historically been able to operate at the appropriations
level in this year’s proposed sewer budget.
Therefore, to suggest that our sewer utility cannot operate with this
same level of appropriations is an unjustified scare tactic,” says Mayor Yaede. “Historically, revenues beyond this
appropriations level have been returned to every ratepayer the following year,
which has helped us to keep sewer rates flat for the past ten years. Therefore, if the Township Council was really
that concerned about our sewer utility revenues, they would join me in calling
for Robbinsville to pay the $1 million they owe to every Hamilton ratepayer.”