Kevin Devine

1408 South Branch Drive

Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

 

May 11, 2006

 

Dear Neighbor,

 

            You’ve no doubt heard a great deal about Tuesday’s bond referendum.  But before you vote there are a few things you should know.

                       

            The township committee has been claiming that Solberg Airport is ready to build a major expansion.  The documents say this is NOT true. 

 

            You are probably not aware that the State of New Jersey conducted an environmental study that dismissed consideration of any runway extension because the township believed it would have an adverse impact on the environment.

 

            The committee isn’t telling you that any changes at the airport must be submitted to the township for approval before anything can be built.

 

            So why isn’t the committee telling you the whole story?

 

            They want to mask the fact that they plan to invoke eminent domain to take the airport property from its owners.

 

As an organizer of the Taxpayers’ Alliance of Readington, “TAR”, I’m committed to representing the best interests of our taxpayers.  I believed that being honest and direct isn’t just good policy—it is an obligation that our committee has to our taxpayers.

 

That’s one reason I’m so concerned about the way the town has taken on this issue.  But I’m also concerned that this land grab could cost so much money that our town could be in serious financial trouble.

 

Recent appraisals of the property indicate it could cost $40 million to take the land from the airport.  That means property taxes will go up—and we will be paying off this debt for decades to come.

 

Like many people I oppose EMINENT DOMAIN.  I believe it’s wrong for the government to take private property.  I recognize that in some cases government has to do it for the public good—but this is not the case with the airport.

 

I like Readington Township the way it is. And I’m proud to call it home.

 

And, like most people, I don’t want to see noisy jets here or pay higher taxes or lose value on my home.  That is why I’m planning to vote “NO” on Tuesday.  I urge you to join me.

 

Kevin Devine