Mayor: De-annexation letter disingenuous, supports a lost cause

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To the editor:

I am responding to a recent letter from Mr. Tettemer regarding the Strathmere de-annexation request. The letter contained numerous misrepresentations and inaccuracies.

First and foremost, the attempt to de-annex was entirely about school taxes. Most of the allegations of poor services did not arise until the county mandated the real property revaluation. Strathmere had had the benefit of undervaluation for over 14 years.

Every court that has addressed the issue has determined that Upper Township acted reasonably and appropriately in denying the request to de-annex. The misrepresentations in Mr. Tettemer's letter are nothing but a smokescreen to cover the real issue and prop up a losing battle. Specifically, the facts are as follows:

The State Police coverage has resulted in one of the lowest crime rates in the area.

Upper Township installed a rock wall to protect the north end of Strathmere at a cost of over $1 million.

Upper Township has an engineered beach with ongoing replenishment programs and has received both state and federal funds for these programs.

For many years, Upper Township has had an annual contract with the state's preeminent authority on beach replenishment and erosion, Dr. Stewart Farrell of the Coastal Research Center.

Mr. Tettemer also relies on historical references from 50 to 100 years ago to justify his cause. I can only guess that the motive behind this absurdity and the misrepresentations is a desire to raise more funds to support his lost cause.

It is a shame Upper Township taxpayers and Strathmere residents have to continue to waste their hard earned money on this issue.

Richard Palombo
Mayor, Upper Township

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