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Letter to Editor from George Serrano

Please join me in trying to change years of upward taxes in Hightstown.

My name is George Serrano, candidate in the Republican column for Hightstown Borough Council.  I hope you and your family have made out alright during and after the storm. 

Tuesday is Election Day.  Please join me in trying to change years of upward taxes in Hightstown.

I see how tight on spending the Borough is already.  The way I see it there are only two ways that stand a chance of working.  Firstly, we need to seriously start exploring having a merged town with East Windsor.  Let's have a permanent committee of only citizens that will closely look at ways that merger would be good for both towns.  Let's invite a group of East Windsor citizens to look at it with us.  If the idea has a lot of support, then we can make it happen, but it has to start somewhere.  This is simple.  Why isn't everybody talking about this?  I do believe this is the way to go, and if elected, at the first meeting in January, I will ask Council to join me in creating this first step.  And if they say No, I'll create my own committee of citizens, and we'll look at merger.  I'm not ready yet to say that merger is the way to go.  I just want to begin studying it and see where it goes.  I don't see anyone else doing it, and it's about time.

And secondly, I want the State of New Jersey to come to Hightstown and help us study why we have high taxes and what we can do about it.  I will go to Trenton and ask for an appointment with who ever will listen, starting with our representatives.  If they're our representatives, why haven't we asked them to help us?  

Put me to work for you.  Thanks.

George Serrano

201 657-5566

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Torry Watkins November 03, 2012 at 08:33 PM
George is to be commended for wanting to get started on consolidation. He should have come to the Public Forum and said that. The other 3 candidates didn't want to touch that issue, only kick the can down the road. But George has no idea how the consolidation process, as prescribed by State Law, works. His second point, to bring in the State to study why our property taxes are so high, is way off the mark. The State IS the reason why our property taxes are so high. The State won't do property tax reform, isn't interested in consolidation, and won't let us tax the non-profit organizations that consume our services. George knows little or nothing about Hightstown's real issues, but he seems willing to learn. But we don't have the luxury of providing on-the-job training. Please support Larry Quattrone and Denny Hansen for Council
JP Gibbons November 05, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I fail to follow the rationalization presented by Torry for his decision. He likes George because the term “Consolidation” was used by George but objects to the lack of experience and need for OJT. Torry forgot that most Council members have no prior experience including Hansen and he supported the appointment the Borough Administrator who had no experience or education in public administration and has been OTJ for a year now. It appears that the only qualification Torry requires is for you to agree with him on the issue. Hansen and Larry both want to purchase the Lucas property as the first step in the Route 33 corridor project. George and Gail want to save taxpayers money and rebuild the downtown for the residents of Hightstown. Since Torry has crossed party lines for his endorsement I agree we should keep the current cross party line movement and support Serrano and Doran for Borough Council. Since the Mayor’s endorsement only of Larry, it is very clear that some democrats want to punish Gail Doran for not supporting their plans to prevent Hightstown from becoming more sustainable then it currently is. She and other democrats on the Council have worked very hard with Republican members to make tough decisions and move Hightstown forward. Keep Hightstown’s cross party momentum going. Vote the candidate not the party this year
HEWresident November 06, 2012 at 01:45 PM
JP is what's wrong with Hightstown politics. Move borough hall, make more money for downtown, bring more people in. Stop being a fear mongering old man. No one wants to consolidate with East Windsor, we just want a better down town. MOVE BOROUGH HALL NOW

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