Murad Responds to Somerset Dems’ “Stable Tax” Boast

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Murad Responds to Somerset Dems’ “Stable Tax” Boast

Amber Murad, Republican nominee for Somerset County Commissioner, responded to the Democrats’ “Stable Tax” Claim.

“Democrats boast that they kept taxes stable,” said Murad. “But they are misleading voters. If you study the county budgets for the past three years, then you discover that they have raised taxes by 12.8 million dollars during the inflation crisis and coronavirus pandemic.”

At the beginning of the pandemic, Somerset County taxpayers paid $197,696,981.00 in county taxes, according to the 2020 Somerset County Budget. Two years later, that figure rose to $210,542,543.00.

“During a time of runaway inflation and a plummeting stock market, the Democrats chose to raise taxes by 12.8 million dollars,” continued Murad. “What’s worse is that they chose to raise taxes on flood-damaged Manville by 9.38% over that same time.”

“While raising Manville’s county taxes, the Somerset County Democrats turned a deaf ear to Manville’s pleas for assistance to Manville’s VFW Post 2290, which is the designated Red Cross Shelter that served as a lifeline to Manville residents after Ida,” Murad said. “They chose other priorities.”

“At a time when many Somerset County residents are struggling to afford groceries and gas, it is a slap in the face for the county government to be adding to their tax burden. From the federal government to the county, the Democrats’ irresponsible fiscal decisions are costing us at every level.”

Amber Murad is the Republican nominee for Somerset County Commissioner. She resides in Watchung with her husband and two children. She is a member of the Watchung School Board and the Somerset County Open Space Advisory Committee.

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