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Letter: Councilmembers Endorse Republican Slate

Sitting Republican councilmembers Stacey Jordan and Chris Chiacchio throw their support behind GOP candidates Phil Garwood, Victoria Napolitano and Pete Palko.

To the editor:

When we were both campaigning in 2010, we ran on a promise of keeping taxes as low as possible, maintaining the quality of our town’s services and moving forward with solving the town hall debacle.

Since then, we have worked diligently to ensure these promises would become a reality. Along with our council colleagues, we have worked toward a fiscally responsible budget, and this year, council was able to put forward a budget that had a zero increase in the municipal tax levy. We have worked to move forward with improvements to our town’s many athletic facilities and theChurch Street Recreation Center, while at the same time defending the integrity and purpose of our town’s Open Space, Recreation, Farmland and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. And in a little more than a month, our town will finally be breaking ground on a new town hall and municipal complex that came back with a low bid $2 million below the original cost estimate.

We have seen positive progress, but there is still much to do. On Tuesday, voters will be deciding who they will send to serve with both of us on Moorestown Town Council. We urge all Moorestonians to use their votes to elect Phil Garwood, Victoria Napolitano and Pete Palko to serve as our town’s next councilmembers.

Phil, Victoria and Pete bring a depth of experience and an array of talents to the table, and each of them has a unique skill set that they can use as members of town council. Most importantly, they are unified in their goals for what issues the next town council should focus on. We are confident they will work well with us in continuing on a path of fiscal responsibility, work to keep taxes as low as possible, preserve open space while seeking ways to expand our town’s open space program, revitalize our business districts and work to make sure all of our town’s citizens are heard and represented by the councilmembers that serve them.

Please join us in voting for a fiscally responsible future for Moorestown on Tuesday, Nov. 6. We are both proudly supporting and voting for the Garwood, Napolitano and Palko team, and we are excited to roll up our sleeves and get back to work on tackling the tough issues facing our town with the three of them by our side.

Stacey Jordan and Chris Chiacchio
Members of Moorestown Town Council

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another utr November 03, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Could this picture above, be the town council in January? good piece Chris and Stacey.
HomeBrew November 03, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Republican Council members Jordan and Chiacchio state that they "put forward" a 2012 budget with a "zero increase in the municipal tax levy." Click through the link provided, however, and you'll read this: "Township manager Scott Carew said the budget will have a zero levy cap increase, and the tax rate will increase four-tenths of a cent per $100 of assessed property value. "This translates into a $21.19 tax increase for the owner of a home assessed at the township average of $529,800." Maybe Mr. Carew, Ms. Jordan, and Mr. Chiacchio know what "zero levy cap increase means," but nobody else in Moorestown does. What we see is a relatively modest, but very real tax increase. Seems disingenuous, even silly, to claim otherwise. (Also note in the linked story that it took the threat of fines by the state to get the Republican Council to actually move on passing the budget.) http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/council-agrees-to-a-budget-two-days-from-deadline
TrueRepublican November 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
What will the Repulbican ticket do to stop Moorestown Taxpayers from being screwed with the Town Hall Project being awarded to a construction firm with such a bad history of completing projects on time and is currently over budgeted by millions of dollars.... are not these the same folks who are running that are approving such bad decision. More of the same.....bad leadership.
TrueRepublican November 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM
How many millions of dollars have been wasted on Moorstown Town Hall? To date, about $4,500,000.00. The current Republicans has wasted, wasted our taxpayer money. Bad leadership. Now the new folks are getting a pass from the same brew. What does that tell US? When is this all going to stop? Change for WHAT?
TrueRepublican November 03, 2012 at 03:39 PM
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/features/f1/ A real and threatening danger for Moorestown Taxpayers. It would be an honest debate.
Elephant utr November 03, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Who is this guy "truerepublican" , out of control!
G. Williams November 03, 2012 at 05:27 PM
True R, I assume your posting of a press release (Press of Atlantic City) regarding the Egg Harbor school construction debacle, was intended to scare Moorestown residents. Sambe Construction was awarded our Town Hall, and they were also the second phase contractor on the Egg Harbor project. You should know that the underlying problem in the Egg Harbor project was their involving the SDA (state agency) in the first place, which they admitted. Their level of incompetency and nightmarish bureaucracy is well known. Reorganizing from the SCC to SDA didn't help them any. There is much more to the Egg Harbor story, and I am not playing Sambe Construction's tune, but on one issue alone, verbal change orders and promises of payment are unacceptable in the industry. If you are suggesting that Sambe will be a nightmare for Moorestown, you should back that up with facts. I am willing to hear them. Better yet, read your link thoroughly, and do some research before you throw stones. Keep in mind, that Sambe was the lowest qualified bidder, and thus the rules that apply. On a final note, when you talk about the Municipal Complex costs, try using accurate numbers. You will find the public more receptive
Sam November 03, 2012 at 05:57 PM
TR (AKA, E.C.) - Republicans should be thanking you for all you have done to get them elected with your gibberish, posted under different names. You are so bitter, that its become fun to watch you chip away at the foundation of your own party by attacking the Rs so mindlessly. Your interpretations of the facts are downright laughable. You, truly, have NO clue. How ironic that the last part of your real last name rhymes with "silly"! Why not try posting under a name that's appropriate, like LOSER!!! Have u considered professional help?
G. Williams November 03, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Tsk... Tsk, Homebrew, All this time I thought you were a levelheaded Moorestonian just trying to keep the facts straight and the information fair and positive. I guess when you get right to it, everyone has an agenda. I am surprised at your use of maybe's and insinuations aimed at the republicans.You would certainly do yourself credit if you were to use your own name, and state your true position.
Melanie November 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I LOVE Stacey!!!! These guys will get my vote so we can have Mayor Jordan :-)
HomeBrew November 03, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Keeping the facts straight: In their letter, Council Members Jordan and Chiacchio falsely claim that there was no increase in the municipal tax levy in the 2012 budget. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
No Longer King November 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
ignore him G he is just bitter because we booted his butt off of the throne or maybe its JL3 protecting big daddy eitehr way just ignore him
another utr November 03, 2012 at 07:40 PM
whether its Mayor Jordan or Mayor Chiacchio, its great to hear. We got two pieces in the mail today, whew, a lot said there. that clock looks like its from "back to the future" really the democrats campaigned in the dark at candlelight night? the three with specs look upset? what happened? electric car charging stations? what kiosks? solar panels? really? lets go ahead and put solar panels all over every "house of worship" front lawn. Imagine if that was done, would we still be fans of the solar panels then? Are there really people who would split the ticket or has that just rumors? help me to understand that.
HomeStew November 03, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Worse yet. Ms. Jordan wanted to raise taxes and use money from the utility like Howard Miller used to do. Shame on her! Councilwoman Stacey Jordan advocated a compromise: split the amount used from the utility surplus in half, bringing the tax increase down to a more agreeable $50. http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/95-tax-hike-in-latest-budget-presented-to-council
HomeStew November 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
The last time we heard from Ms. Jordan and Mr. Chiacchio in writing, other than 2010 campaign materials promising things that did not get done, they were proposing a compromise to using the open space fund for syn-turf despite their earlier objections and the comments to the contrary in this letter. http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/compromise-on-open-space-debate What are we to believe about people who flip flop all the time? Can we really trust them to lead?
ApfelCore November 04, 2012 at 02:07 AM
For the record, borrowing from a surplus is not uncommon and is ok. For what I understand in past councils it had been done before. Some may want to make it a political point because not many are aware of it, and those in the opposition try to use it as political fodder, but really it's allowed and council can debate to choose to use it or not.
ApfelCore November 04, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Ectr, you're talking about private residential land versus goverment owned lands. Different state rules and regulations on that. Are you the democrat town council candidate's spokesperson?
TrueRepublican November 04, 2012 at 02:13 AM
The disaster called Town Hall Project has from the start been mismanaged, over budgeted, and incompetently managed by our Republican council members. And, all for a $5.00 trash can fire. No one has ben held accountable. Not surprised Republicans.... you gave raises to employees without any merit performance reviews. What a joke? Now, an over-budgeted unnecessary project - TOWN HALL, is being awarded to a firm with questionable competence, over budgeted costs, and excessively LATE. Still these problems persist - today. Just imagine how all this funny stuff takes place before our eyes.... and the jokes don't stop. Now MR. Williams and Mr. Palko are enabling a questionable project and a questionable firm that I would not even grant permission to work on any property not even a dog house. How does Moorestown Town Council attract such losers?
Sal Bono November 04, 2012 at 02:20 AM
The 2012 reassessment is a form of tax increase.
ApfelCore November 04, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Losers? Is newcomer, sattinger, Hines campaign Have you as their spokesperson? Classless. If not, I wonder if the campaign has reached out to you to stop your nastiness? Or would/do they approve of all this nonsense you are saying here?
Sal Bono November 04, 2012 at 02:23 AM
The reassessment was in fact a tax increase.
Sal Bono November 04, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Mr. Williams, are you a dope or what? You are giving our hard earned Moorestown taxpayer money to a firm which we should not be doing business with. I do not trust these people.
Sal Bono November 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
How does a great town like Moorestown have such poor leaders?
ApfelCore November 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
In general regardless of how people think of Candidates, I'm guessing it's difficult to find those willing to run. The GOP has three new fresh faces, the democrats have two candidates Hines and sattinger who both ran before and lost by a good margin, but yet the democrats put the two of them up again. For the future, I'm sure there are good people out there to run, the variables are out there I'm sure.
Jokes on Us November 04, 2012 at 02:37 PM
jokes on us folks. the photo above is your new council and is full of hypocrties. one bashes the other publiclly and then the other responds in kind. one strongly encourages two of them to use our open space money for fields and then campaigns against it. bottom line is you vote repub you get what you asked for
HomeStew November 04, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Duck and cover! you mean past Republican councils have borrowed from surplus and created additional debt for us. It's no wonder our rates and taxes keep going up. Republicans rob from Peter to pay Paul and then we all pay. http://articles.philly.com/1999-03-17/news/25510145_1_tax-rate-budget-that-increases-spending-general-fund Avoid raising taxes by transferring money from the utility. That is not leadership. They are not to be trusted. This is why Seth Broder took out Howard Miller. He was dishonest
HomeBrew November 04, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Rob Scott: You know better than anyone that there was, in fact, a municipal tax levy increase in the 2012 budget passed by Council. Perhaps you could correct the record with an "Editor's Note" attached to this letter.
Jane November 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/features/f1 After reading this article I was stunned to learn that Moorestown is hiring a construction firm which has such a terrible record. My late husband would be rather upset with how business is being done in Moorestown. I think there should be an investigation. Seems criminal to give such a large project to people who muddle through and don't get the work done and the general public have to pay exorbitant and excessive tax dollars and still the public project is not complete, is over budgeted and still late. Come on. I am very angry and will not vote for the jerks who approved this nonsense.
Kitchen Table November 05, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Mr homestew.. You're wrong! Seth Broder never had a chance to win a seat on council. Don't forget there was a "independent" that ran that year. With that scenario the independent picked up about 20% of the vote, and Howard Miller only lost by 12 votes or so. Again get your facts straight.
Dienstag November 05, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Lucky for you, nobody who approved that is running this year....

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