I fully support Middletown Mayor Scharfenberger’s proposal to remove education funding from property taxes.  In Middletown, education accounts for nearly two-thirds of our property taxes.  Taking that away would allow property taxes to immediately be cut by two-thirds and give the economy a tremendous boost by giving the citizens more disposable income.   A funding source could be found at the state level that would be more equitable and not penalize people who own property.  Why should people who have children in school and don’t own property not contribute to education in this state?   Why should people who own a home bear the brunt of the excessive demands of the NJEA year after year?  This is the kind of creative thinking that we need in this state if we are ever going to cut New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes.


Peter VanNortwick
Middletown, NJ

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Allan Dean

Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...