The three candidates for Atlantic County Freeholder, Freeholders Jim Curcio and Frank Giordano and Freeholder Candidate Frank Formica, today called on their opponents to start debating the important issues in this campaign by first explaining how they can run with a candidate for Governor who has cut property tax rebates, cut municipal aid in Atlantic County and caused local property taxes to go up.
?Atlantic County has one of the lowest property tax rates in the State of New Jersey and the County Freeholder Board has cut taxes eight of the last nine years? said Freeholder Frank Giordano. ?But as a state, our combined property taxes are the highest in the nation and that?s because of Governor Jon Corzine?s failed leadership. The Corzine Democrats in Trenton have passed a ridiculous burden on to taxpayers by increasing Atlantic County property taxes by an average of 18 percent and that includes school and municipal taxes. Corzine is merely shifting state financial obligations to counties and municipalities and balancing the budget on the backs of middle-class property taxpayers rather than making hard choices,? Giordano said.
?We?ve been extremely fortunate in Atlantic County to be able to keep our property taxes about $2,000 below the state average, especially considering the actions of the Atlantic City School Board throughout John Devlin?s tenure as a member of that Board,? said Freeholder Candidate Frank Formica. ?While Devlin has been on the Atlantic City School Board, spending has increased $41 million and property taxes have increased $19.3 million. It?s no wonder property taxes are going up with John Devlin?s spending habits and taxing Atlantic County residents and he is remiss in mentioning his Atlantic City School Board membership to voters in his campaign literature.?
?Just this year, Devlin had a chance to put his money where his mouth is and truly curtail spending by voting against Atlantic City?s $164 million school budget ? but Devlin literally did nothing, he voted to abstain.,? concluded Formica.
?The fact is Atlantic County is one of the best run counties in the state of New Jersey, with one of the lowest county property tax rates in the entire state,? said Freeholder Jim Curcio. ?Why would we jeopardize that by putting a free-spending, high taxing school board member from Atlantic City and his two running mates who constantly make excuses for Jon Corzine?s failure to control property taxes as he promised to do four years ago??
?John Devlin and his running mates can try to run on their empty rhetoric, but they can?t run away from their record,? stated Curcio.
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