Tom Kean Jr. has been traveling the state talking about how terrible Jon Corzine is for proposing a budget that includes tax increases. It’s a calculated gamble, since Junior is not running against Corzine but that’s what it is anyway.
However, Junior appears to be a bit of a hypocrite when it comes to running as an opponent of higher taxes, since Wally at PoliticsNJ says on Tuesday Tom Kean Jr. voted to increase property taxes in his hometown of Westfield.
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and State Senator Thomas Kean, Jr., both say they voted in favor of their local school budgets.
How much did Junior vote to increase the taxes in Westfield? Well, here’s the budget they were asked to vote on:
The budget now goes to voters, who must decide whether to support the proposed $68.2 million local tax levy at the April 18 school board election. The district’s total budget for the next school year, including federal grants and debt service, comes to about $79.5 million.
The board’s budget would raise the school portion of the tax levy by 14 tax “points,” or cents per $100 of assessed value — the same amount by which it was raised last year after voters rejected the board’s proposed budget and the Town Council slashed about $700,000. The 14-point increase has remained steady since the board first introduced the budget two weeks ago.
The story says that’s a 3.85 percent increase in taxes for every boy, girl, man and woman in Westfield. All thanks to Tom Kean Jr. (and about 3,098 other people).
You can call Tom Kean Jr. at 908-789-2100 and ask him why it’s OK for him to vote to increase taxes in Westfield, but it’s wrong for Corzine to propose a tax increase in Trenton.
Or you can just ask him if he knows the definition of hypocrite.