Letter to the editor: Mr. Valori should look inward and then go away

Former Council President Louis Valori

parsippany focusDear Editor:

There is a reason Louis Valori is a former Councilman. He just doesn’t get it. As a retired Parsippany Police Officer Mr. Valori receives a monthly pension check of $7,518.97 for life. But that’s not all. As part of his retirement package, Mr. Valori, along with his wife and school aged children, will receive the best of the best in healthcare, with no out of pocket expense, ever, until both he and his wife die, courtesy of the taxpayers of Parsippany. As I watched yesterday’s council meeting where the 2018 municipal budget was approved, it was revealed that municipal taxes will increase $52 for the year for a median valued house. No one is ever happy with a tax increase, but contractual obligations to the police force and sanitation workers ensure (rightly so) that taxes must go up slightly each year.

Mr. Valori’s faux outrage over this year’s increase would be laughable if it weren’t ridiculous. Mr. Valori complained last evening about new township owned cars. After yesterday’s meeting, I asked Ms. Cucci, the township CFO about these. These cars were budgeted and approved in 2016 while Mr. Valori was council president. Either Mr. Valori forgot or he didn’t know what he was doing as a councilman. Under Mr. Valori’s watch taxes increased 4.2% in 2016, yet he complains about a 2.8% increase this year.

Once again, municipal taxes will increase $52 for the average priced home in 2018. The cost of covering Mr. Valori’s healthcare alone will increase that amount threefold this year and every year until the day he dies. People have a right to hold their government accountable. Mr. Valori should look inward and then go away.

Morris Williams