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Letter to the Editor: Settle with Sunoco Now

It's time to end 24 years of tax appeals over the Eagle Point refinery.

To the Editor:

I recently resigned my position as West Deptford Republican chairwoman and now write this as just another township resident—a resident who has seen politics from the inside and outside locally and countywide. With that being said, I ask one of my township committee members both Republican and Democrat: PLEASE ratify . Twenty-four years of legal wrangling is enough!

For three decades now, West Deptford Township has spent over $3 million in legal fees over ’s tax appeals. In the course of those decades, property valuations have risen and fallen and done so over again numerous times. Now, our township committee wants to settle this morass and move on for the betterment of our future fiscal well-being and the prospect of economic revitalization and jobs.

I could cast blame against previous administrations and committee members, but that is a petulant game I refuse to play. What has passed is now over with, not only new Republican control of the committee, but with two Democratic committee members who had no part in the previous decision to fight the appeal.

While people like Freeholder Director Damminger, state Senator Sweeney and others tied to the past due to personal politics bemoan the agreed settlement, even West Deptford’s current township administrator Eric Campo (a Democratic appointment) says settling is best for the municipality. Thank you for your professional honesty, sir!

Democratic committee members Szymborski and DiCarlo argue they haven’t had time to look at the particulars of the settlement and the past appeal’s legal maneuvers. I think two decades of time is long enough to make a decision! It’s time to put the blinders and myopia of partisan politics in the rearview mirror.

If this case goes to court West Deptford will lose and face a tax increase of possibly $900 or more for the average homeowner just from this lengthy appeal. But if the settlement made by Mayor Chintall is approved, the tax increase is only $87. Sorry, but that seems like an easy choice.

I’ve seen Sen. Sweeney work with the opposing party numerous times, but feel his antipathy and grandstanding on this issue has become too personal for him to think clearly. His vitriolic rants muddy the water on what should be a township committee matter devoid of Democratic or Republican bickering.

Two “no” votes by Szymborski and DiCarlo will send this appeal to court and cost residents delay in legal fees and tax increases. A vote to approve the settlement on a 5-0 count will send notice that despite our political differences, the township committee is doing the right thing for all residents regardless of affiliation, and acting rationally prudently is paramount.

After all, isn’t this what politics should be about in the first place? I ask the two Democratic committee members Szymborski and DiCarlo, to join Republicans Chintall, Kilpatrick and Cianfarini and approve the settlement currently negotiated. That would be West Deptford pride we can embrace, and an onerous burden lifted from residents’ shoulders permanently!

Joann Priga

West Deptford

Priga is the secretary of the Gloucester County Republican Party.

WDNeedsHelp June 01, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Your facts, as usual, are undocumented and, as usual, incorrect. Your expectations are again, as usual, not reasonable given all the facts of the settlement. The settlement proposed by Committeeman Cianfarini clearly addressed all of your "made up" concerns. Please stop posting political garbage for the Democratic Party Bosses and only post fully documented and accurate facts.
WDNeedsHelp June 01, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Your facts, as usual, are undocumented and, as usual, incorrect. Your expectations are again, as usual, not reasonable given all the facts of the settlement. The settlement proposed by Committeeman Cianfarini clearly addressed all of your "made up" concerns. Please stop posting political garbage for the Democratic Party Bosses and only post fully documented and accurate facts.
Ernest Kraus June 01, 2012 at 06:12 PM
A selling price is negotiated between a buyer and a seller. If it sold for less then appraised value, then that is what a knowledgeable buyer was willing to pay. The seller obviously wanted out. Talk to oil people on how they valeu a refinery; not an appraisor that appraises everything. There is enough presedence locally to add fact to that issue. The time to settle is now and stop listening to the county Democrat bosses that had nothing to say regarding the issue over the past twenty years. On one other note "candoit;" why not have the integrity to put your name on what you write.
canodit June 01, 2012 at 09:30 PM
If I sell my car for 1$ and sell each gallon of gasoline in my car at the time of the sale for 1000$/gallon to the same person at the same time, is my car worth 1$ or $13,001? By your logic, my car is only worth 1$ and gas is worth 1000$ per gallon just because that's the crooked deal I managed to pull off, and fair market value has nothing to do with it.
JEANNE NAPOLI June 01, 2012 at 11:19 PM
your analogy is like a fly on a turd. why is it your the only one on here cranking out this is not a good deal. enlighten me and the other 19,998 residents in this community to why this is not a good deal.You be the acting attorney for west deptford and lay it on the table Just as I thought nothing but gibberish and political hate towards anything that is good.Must have had a bad childhood Got beat up a lot huh!

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