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Letter: Gloucester seniors treated as second-class citizens

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

Admittedly, there are people who accept public office as a privilege and a grave responsibility. Unfortunately, there are also those who acquire an unrestricted sense of power and self-gratification. The voices of those who elected them are not heard in Gloucester County. Democracy is waning.

Approximately 15 percent of our county citizens are seniors 65 years of age or older. While property taxes were raised 7 cents, taxes on seniors’ automobiles, which many of us rely on for medical purposes, were raised 35 cents, hitting the most vulnerable. Seniors are treated as second-class citizens. They are recognized twice a year when they receive their tax bills.

When asked for some consideration, a former supervisor stated that Gloucester is not a retirement community. If citizens need consideration, they need to go somewhere else. It appears that attitude still prevails. Seniors’ taxes keep Gloucester County solvent.

Paul J. Componation


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