Louis Magazzu and company are counting on the uninformed voters this year. Te News of Cumbelrand County had a letter of support from one such clueless person. For instance, he claims:
With everyone feeling the pinch of the national recession, it’s nice to know that the Cumberland County freeholder board is watching out for the county’s taxpayers.
Watching out for the taxpayers. That is why county taxes have increased 93% over the past six years. In 2002 the county tax levy was $43,785,000. It increased by $40,507,000 (yes folks, that is a FORTY MILLION INCREASE) to $84,292,000 in 2008.
The freeholders increased spending fanatically. Salaries increased from $28,832,599 in 2004 to $44,404,482 in 2009. That equates to an 11% increase per year, far outstepping COLA and inflation.
Last year the freeholders gave themselves an 82% increase int heir department, or more than $84,000 this year. Finance and Administration got a $216,272 increase. Planning and development – $149,3723 increase. I fail to see where they have held the line or watched out for county taxpayers. They are merely watching out for their supporters and friends by placing people such as Todd Edwards into no-show jobs.
But the magnitude of this voters’ cluelessness is even more apparent with this statement:
…and Millville attorney Lauren Van Embden, who is offering to take the job of Cumberland County Clerk at a salary of about 40-percent of Republican incumbent Gloria Noto’s salary of $106,500.
I think Miss Van Embden would be surprised that she is going to be working for $42,600, 40% of $106,500. The real number is 75%. Which takes her salary above Lou’s “anything over $75,000 is GREEDY”. In fact, Lou has REPEATEDLY approved the hiring of people earning well above $75,000, including Bob Balicki at $96,000. How can Lou justify paying an assistant at the jail MORE than he is willing to pay the sheriff? I mean other than the fact that Bob Austino is in no way qualified for that job. It is our pinion that sheriff’s should not lie to the public, but Austino has no such qualms.
It is a shame that Team Magazzu is relying on a misinformed public to “get out the vote” rather than to rely on their accomplishments. But then again, the highest unemployment rate, with jobs exiting the county at a disturbing rate; the highest teen pregnancy despite Lou’s willingness to throw money at failed programs and organizations where the top guy takes in well over $200,000 a year in public pay checks and benefits; the highets rate of children living in poverty or on Welfare; county property taxes doubling in the past decade and county spending keeping pace; the lack of transparency in government and the high level of cronyism; these are all accomplishments to be proud of.
The ‘clueless factor’ in this election would be laughable if there was not so much on the line.