11/28/2014

Former West Deptford GOP Committeeman Sam Cianfarini: Taxes Increased

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WEST DEPTFORD TWP. Previous Republican town committee member Sam Cianfarini has shared his ideas on the dispute over taxes in West Deptford, and he is not on the side of his former GOP associates.

Calling the Republican committee members claims of a 21-percent local tax decrease a flat out lie, Cianfarini in an email to a fellow celebration member on Oct. 29, and days later in a job interview, suggested municipal taxes have rather enhanced by 5 percent.

This is adebate that has actually been raging in between the committees Republican bulk and local Democrats given that Might.

The2014 budget includes a regional tax rate of $0.827 per $100 of assessed house value. The 2013 budgets tax rate was $1.052 per $100 of assessed value.

However, the 2013 tax rate had been significantly pumped up due to a $6.7 million debt service payment at the time called a balloon payment to Sunoco, as part of the 2012 Eagle Point Refinery home tax settlement. That significantly increased the regional tax rate. Nevertheless, a county tax credit at the time indicated a reliable flat tax rate, according to Cianfarini and other Republican politicians at the time.

There was a zero-percent tax boost in 2013, and that was a result of the county tax credit, butnow that disappeared this year, stated Cianfarini. It resembles a big boost in the county tax this year, however thats not real.

You have to go back to 2012 tax kindtax return, and compare it to 2014, he later added. I had a strategy to make a lot more cuts, which would have reduced taxes this year, if I were still on the committee.

Cianfarini had been a leading member of the Republican bulk on the town committee till his resignation in March, mentioning battles with his own party.

Since that time, relations in between Cianfarini and the Republican party in West Deptford have been cold.

Republican Mayor Ray Chintall, who is running for re-election this year, flatly declined Cianfarinis argument, mentioning residents only needhave to take a look at their municipal tax rates this year, and compare them to 2013.

It was a 1.052 rate in 2013, and a 0.826 rate this year thats a 21 percent reduction, stated Chintall. Any local can look at their kinds and see the decrease.

Its not a lie, its truths, he added. Since Ive been mayor, weve decreased expenses by $2.26 million, and the tax levy has decreased in the previous 2 years.

Chintall likewise indicated Standard and Poors upgrading the townships bond rating from A- to A+ stable, which the mayor said will save West Deptford $7 million over the coming years.

Samp;P is an independent organization without any skin in the game, said Chintall. Were putting the town on the best financial track.

Jason Laday may be reached at jladay@southjerseymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JasonLaday. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.


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