I very much enjoy reading the varied views held by others in town. That is the very reason I keep coming back to this blog. The topic of cuts in local service and education is a very hard one that will no doubt bring out many different points of view.
EDUCATION: It is the most expensive issue taxpayers deal with. Even if other town services were cut in half, our tax bills would not be reduced in a meaningful fashion. Education funding it the true killer.
On the other hand good schools have a direct effect on property values. As a community we all have a responsibility to the next generation.
FIRE PROTECTION: I own a home and a small commercial property in Ridgewood as well as a rental home and commercial property in a town with a volunteer fire company. My residential and commercial property insurance is lower in Ridgewood. The residential policy is a little lower, while the commercial policy is ALOT lower.
POLICE SERVICES: In every recession since the 1950’s when economic times get bad the crime rate goes up. We don’t have much violent urban type crime here, but property crimes are an issue. We also have community issues like crosswalk safety and others mentioned on this blog that people want police to deal with. You cut the number of officers there will be less of a response.
GENERAL MUNICIPAL SERVICES: As residents we have always wanted services such as our Library, rear yard garbage pickup, streets maintained, parks and so on. Less employees means less service. Somehow I don’t thing the average Mr & Mrs Ridgewood will accept that.
The answer to each of these issues will vary in the mind of each resident. I am just presenting the issues in the view of one person.
As for the blogger who suggests voting on the town budget and salaries like to school budget? ,I don’t know if that would solve anything. ONE – No such measure has a meaningful political chance of passing in this State or any other I know of. TWO – Our voters keep passing the school budget and that is the true tax problem under NJ’s school funding mess.