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Assemblyman Brian Bergen.

Bergen wants Mine Hill officials to back off plan to make American Legion post pay taxes

Council approved tax appeal against Post 391 earlier this month

By Nikita Biryukov, June 30 2020 10:26 am

Assemblyman Brian Bergen wants Mine Hill Mayor Sam Morris and his council fellows to back away from a plan to levy taxes on an American Legion post in the Morris County town of about 3,500.

“This type of poor treatment is not something we commonly see, and we are disappointed to see it here in Mine Hill,” Bergen said in a letter to Mine Hill officials. “I formally request that you repeal this action and allow the American Legion to make our case to the Council before voting on it again.”

Bergen, a former Army captain, was appointed to be the registered agent in charge of American Legion Post 391 after the State American Legion developed worries over Post 391’s finances.

But spurred by a rumor that the American Legion was planning to sell the Post 391 building, Morris and the town’s Council approved a tax appeal against the post on June 18, a day after the investigative committee Bergen leads met and decided on steps to bring control of the post back to American Legion members.

“Our membership is made up of the men and women who answered the call when others did not,” Bergen said. “At a minimum, we deserve the common courtesy to give us a chance to speak on our own behalf before taking action against our organization.”

Bergen is also the post’s vice commander.

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