Millville should work with landlords and tenants, not drive them away
by The News of Cumberland County
Monday June 29, 2009, 8:01 PM
To the Editor:
I must disagree with Mark Krull's recent letter "Millville rental fee change is not a tax," (The News, June 25) concerning the recent increase in rental inspection fees landlords are now required to pay.
No, it's not a tax. What it is is an unfair increase that, like any increase in cost in a business, falls directly down to the renter with higher security deposits and monthly rent payments that prospective tenants would most likely turn down because they cannot afford.
The majority of landlords in Millville are anything but rich. Neither are their tenants.
Unlike Mr. Krull with his college degree and comfortable city job, these people work very hard at regular jobs to keep their homes and provide for their families, and the incomes from their rental properties help keep them above water in this economy.
The city commission should work with the landlords and tenants together to help bring their properties up to code and improve the urban communities.
Driving African-American, Hispanic, poor, low-income and working people out of Millville simply because they seem to bother Mr. Krull, Carl Johnson and others who've supported the present city commission's campaigns last May, which no doubt seems to be their intent, is a funny way in my view of improving the inner city.
George I. AndersonMillville
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