I remember growing up in the Oakvale Road area of Mercer County, just outside the city limits of Princeton. In the years of my youth, I always assumed that’s where I lived, and all the housing areas around Princeton was part of the city.

It wasn’t until I was in my teen years I started to notice the Princeton city limit signs, and I remember being shocked that my family and many of our other friends and family members were not Princeton citizens. We were Mercer County residents. Upon discovering this, I began to ask my parents and grandparents why we were not considered part of the city, and I received an answer that taught me a lot about how government greed works. 

What I was told was that in a time before water and sewer lines was run, the Oakvale Road area and many of the other housing areas around Princeton wanted to become part of Princeton. The city declined to move the city limits into these areas because they did not have enough money to install the utilities. So, as time marched on, the people that lived outside the city limits had to spend their own money to have these services installed.

This also includes a lot of businesses.

After the people and the businesses in these areas spent their own money to install these services, then, all of a sudden, the city of Princeton decided they would move the city limits out. 

Just like the story of the little red hen, the city did not want to help until after the work was done, and then, they wanted to reap the benefits of the harvest, after the blood and sweat was shed. This is a part of the reason there are still sore feelings between the city and the people outside the city. 

The city only seems interested in the areas that provide a profit and not burden. In my opinion, the city limits are just fine where they stand. The city of Princeton has nothing to offer, except paying a tax to be part of their city, and I would much rather keep my money.

The city tries to claim we will receive police protection. It seems to me the sheriff’s office, the state police and the Second Amendment of the Constitution already does that. The city claims we will have fire protection, when East River Fire Department is right down the road. The City offers trash service, but I can take it to the landfill free one day or as little as $2.30 any other day. 

As far as public works goes, the city didn’t help when the people needed it, so why should I care that they want to get their greedy paws on the potential taxes of the Oakvale Road area? My vote is NO to a Princeton city annexation.

William J. Stine

Oakvale Road resident

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