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Sick Day Buy-Backs

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Hightstown, New Jersey (MY9NJ) -

Hightstown Borough Councilman Rob Thibault is amazed that the town is paying out over $120,000 a year to borough employees for not calling in sick.

He says that things need to change.

“The average tax payer in Hightstown just can’t afford to keep paying higher taxes to provide great benefits to borough  employees,” Thibault.

Municipal workers get 12 sick days per year with the option to sell about 5 of them at the end of the year if they aren’t used.  that's the equivalent of adding a week’s pay.

One resident, who is selling their house, said that property taxes are a big factor as to why many people are moving out of the town.

The woman said, “The property taxes are killing me and nobody is buying because of the taxes in Hightstown, this is the third time we put the house up for sale.”

Some residents say that these sick day payouts are partially to blame and the other part is Governor Christie’s education cuts which are forcing the school systems to turn to homeowners to make up for that lost money, others say it’s the town’s lack of taxable property.

The consensus in the community is that property taxes won’t be going down anytime soon and these sick day buy backs are really hurting taxpayers.

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