There appears to be no end to bad ideas, no matter how well intentioned. One such bad idea was endorsed by Record Columnist James Ahearn ("Shifting local task to county," Feb. 21), a three-year pilot program in Gloucester County that would eliminate municipal tax assessors in favor of a county-based assessor's office.
Ahearn's support for the Gloucester experiment was explained this way: "New Jersey's homeowners have been complaining for years about their property taxes... In Gloucester County, officials are getting ready to do something about them."
Implying that high property taxes are the responsibility of assessors and suggesting their elimination sounds a little like killing the messenger.