Recently, The Star Ledger published an article about the rising cost of property taxes in New Jersey noting that many pay above $9,000.  Well, welcome to Montclair, where we know all too well about our rising tax burden well over $9,000.

However, when we read a recent article in the Montclair Local, we find that we paid a former assistant police chief over $87,000 while she was serving as a chief of police in a Florida community. If this is common practice for public service employees, no wonder our taxes are so high.

At some point there should be a cap on unused sick/vacation pay. “Use them or lose them.” Someone needs to monitor the way our tax dollars are doled out for not working.

Sandra Lang


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