LINDEN—City residents would be very receptive to someone with a record of tax-cutting, according to a former official who is planning to be a candidate in the June 8 Democratic primary election.
Former City Councilman James D. Moore is touting a 1991 letter he distributed to residents reporting a three point reduction in the city tax rate, repreenting a savings of $50 for the average homeowner.
The letter was sent out about five months after Moore was sworn into office following an election in which he pledged to work for lower taxes.
“With the spiraling tax increases of the past I reallized our residents could no longer afford an increased burden of taxes, particularly our seniors on fixed incomes,” Moore wrote in the letter.
Moore recently announced an interest in returning to elected office in conjuction with his retirement as a state Parole Board hearing officer.
“Linden needs to move forward and as an experienced Democratic official who has been out of public office for the past 18 years, I am well-equipped to help lead that progress,” said Moore. “The current logjam in City Hall is a result of political obstructionism and it is hurting the taxpaying residents of our city.”
Moore said he will be a candidate in the Democratic primary election, because someone should work to create jobs, to stop wasting tax money on excessive government salaries and to make the city safer from crime.
“In recent years, the unemployment rate here tripled and hundreds of working families have lost their homes to foreclosure,” said Moore. “People need good jobs now and we have to stop paying political insiders two or three times what the average homeowner earns by working.”
“The growth in spending of your money is both unsustainable and far beyond what can be justified by inflation,” said Moore, who said that although it appears political insiders favor Robert Bunk for mayor, the Council President offended many rank-and-file Democrats by advocating the reappointment of a politically-connected part time lawyer whose salary and benefits cost taxpayers about double the typical family income.
“I have been on the outside for 18 years, so I understand that we cannot expect the people who broke Linden to fix the problem,” said Moore. “At the same time, I have a record of cutting taxes.”
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