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West Orange Government - Took My Home (Kind of Sort of)

Ok - I closed on my town house in the Woodlands today and the house in the Rock Spring section of town will if all goes well close at the end of the month.  The large nice home of nine years and $200,000 plus in property taxes latter will not be mine soon.  I am not sad but I kind of wish I could have figured out how to keep the big house on Oak Ave with the nice back yard and big family room.  I know to a certain extent the government did take my home.  Yes other factor were in play it would be un true to say it was only the goverment but it would be also untrue to say government had no role in taking my home.  I lost much equity on the deal in nine year in part because the taxes in this town are such that no one will buy homes a the right price.   I love the town the people and community. West Orange is home for me. We have many positive things here.  However, I think we have a moral and political imperative to change so that nice middle class families can stay in nice middle class homes here.  The average household income in this town is some place between $90,000 to $100,000 per year.  The average property tax bill is over $12,000.  To have about 1/8th or more of the family budget go to a every growing blob of medicore public schools  and so so municipal county governence is just wrong.  Please don't cry for me for having a home stolen from me.   I and my famly will be fine in our small and nice town house with less value and thus a lower tax bill.  I will  be ok with a big equity loss.  What I want is people to take action so the this will not happen to an other family.  Think about who you elect on the school board. town council, board of chosen freeholders, and state legislature.  I will be active as I don't want the next guy hurt. 

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