Jim Mangin Posted November 27, 2005 Report Share Posted November 27, 2005 Kearny’s Tax Increase Nightmare – Part I The budget presently being considered by Mayor Santos and the Town Council will increase taxes $720 a year on a home assessed at $100,000. What’s being done about this? The Mayor attributes this increase to the same villains he’s attributed every increase since becoming mayor – unanticipated increases in health benefits costs, insurance costs, dumping fees and sewage costs. If the same increases occur year after year – they’re no unanticipated, are they? If we know WHY taxes are going up, WHAT are we doing to prevent it? First - increased health benefits costs. The Mayor and Council should immediately begin charging a copay for health benefits to anyone who works less than full time. That would include the Mayor and Town Council, aide to the mayor, municipal judge, and Assistant Town Attorneys (when Santos became Mayor no Assistant Town Attorney rec’d health benefits. Now at least two, possibly three do). The time to do this is now. Re-appointments will occur in January and this simply needs to be made a condition of re-appointment. After part-time status enrollees begin paying a copay, it should be expanded to full-time employees with a contract as each contract is renewed, as a condition of renewal. This would include the Business Administrator, Chief Financial Officer, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Tax Assessor, etc. These officials are not members of a bargaining unit. They have individual contracts. Once all these enrollees are paying copays for benefits, this should be expanded to the unions as well. During negotiations the Town can then point to the fact that all non-union employees pay a copay for health benefits. This plan of action will drastically cut the impending tax increase. More than that, it’s a way of dealing with an issue, instead of just paying it lip service. Taxpayers deserve better. Jim Mangin Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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