By Monmouth County Freeholder Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD
The proposal to change the title “Freeholder” to “Commissioner” is an affront to every taxpayer in this state.
New Jersey residents are being suffocated by an onerous property tax system, companies like Gerber are leaving the state and taking hundreds of jobs with them, a host of taxes are being raised or created and this is what the legislature is wasting its time on? If this ridiculous proposal goes through, it will cost the counties tens of thousands of dollars to change letterhead, stationery, signage – not to mention the reams of documents in which the term freeholder is embedded.
Any legislator who supports this bill should be ashamed of themselves for foisting yet another unfunded mandate on New Jersey that will have zero benefit for the long suffering New Jersey taxpayer. It is also a direct attack on our traditions and history. For over 300 years, the term has been used to the complaint of no one. Now, all of a sudden it is offensive and must be censored. This costly silliness in the name of political correctness must be stopped, and the assault on the New Jersey taxpayer ended once and for all.