If you weren't thinking about property taxes on the 14th - and who was? - then you probably missed the story in the Courier News Local section with the headline "Property revaluation in Bound Brook."
Bound Brook has not had a property revaluation in 20 years. Consequently, property in the borough is currently assessed at about 47% of its true market value. And Bound Brook isn't alone. There are at least four other Somerset County municipalities with assessments that are around 50% of market value - South Bound Brook, North Plainfield, Somerville, and Rocky Hill.
How could this happen? Are all of the local officials in these towns corrupt? - manipulating assessments for personal gain? If that's the case, then the whole county is corrupt!
Except, of course, Hillsborough - where assessed values have not slipped nearly that much, and where our officials are planning to fix our own assessment program so that it is the envy of the other towns!