At issue now is the inappropriate use of “per capita” (per person) statistics.
At the candidates forum in Lincroft on October 27th, Stephanie Murray spouted some of the same per capita statistics that appear in Michael Vitkansas’s October 26th letter. The statistics are a recycled version of what we’ve heard in the past from the Town’s Republican officials.
Ms. Murray compared
But hold on a minute.
Therefore, it’s inappropriate to compare per capita statistics for towns of different sizes and populations. To do so is deceptive.
Besides a large number of residents, something else that reduces spending per capita is inadequate funding of core services, but I bet Ms. Murray won’t be pointing that out.
Mr. Vitkansas talks about
If the real picture were as rosy as Republican candidates would have you believe, they wouldn’t need to mislead you by pulling statistics out of a hat.