Republicans Pitch Plan to Rein in Taxes, Control Spending

The GOP candidates for Moorestown council lay out a plan that includes shared services and partnerships with the private sector.

To the editor:

As we have spent time knocking on thousands of doors in our town, the three of us have had an opportunity to hear firsthand about the issues that Moorestown voters care about. Not surprisingly, nearly every person places taxes on the top of their list.  

Lots of politicians talk about reining in taxes and cutting government waste. Our team actually has a plan to do it. If elected, we will:

  • Review the municipal budget for efficiency improvements and cost reductions

  • Work to revive our local business districts by encouraging redevelopment of commercial properties that are not currently ratable producers

  • Continue to pursue shared services options both in-house (board of education) and outside. Our high-quality services can be an income producer by partnering with surrounding towns that may desire to use them.

  • Establish a council liaison to the Moorestown Board of Education to support them with planning and efficient spending (the BOE represents 63 percent of Moorestown’s tax bill)

  • Install a long-term capital expenditure plan so our emergency reserves are protected

  • Create partnerships with the private sector and our town’s various local organizations in matters of fiscal responsibility (i.e. sponsorships, co-paying for improvements, holding events that entice visitors to Main Street and other retail districts)

We believe town council has an obligation to keep taxes in check while ensuring all government spending is responsible. While our opponents are already proposing hundreds of thousands of dollars in new spending from incoming liquor license funds, we believe in an approach that uses our team’s expertise, combined with Moorestown’s current resources, to create a budget that keeps taxes low, and supports our township without creating more government spending.

We have made our commitment to reining in taxes and cutting government waste a priority in this campaign, and will continue to make it our top priority as members of town council.

Phil Garwood, Victoria Napolitano and Pete Palko
Republican candidates for Moorestown Township Council



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Main St October 03, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Go GNP! VP Biden Tells the truth at a rally, "The middle class has been "buried" the last four years". That's a first I'll agree with Biden . VOTE ROMNEY! Vote GNP !
G. Williams October 03, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Any team of candidates who can take the time to visit close to 4000 homes (some twice) so far,... Well, that says a lot about their willingness to earn the publics support, and their discipline to do the job if elected. I haven't seen that in recent years. These days, elections are all about spending huge sums on attacking your opponent. I admire GNP's effort.
Main St October 03, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Have spoken to some in the group, we all would like Romney and GNP lawn signs! Where do we get them? Does it all come from the Republican club or someones garage? Is someone storing these signs or could we have them? Do these signs cost anything? We see Romney and GNP signs all over town but where? Would mr Williams know? How do we get hold of Pete miller of the republican club? I know "signs don't vote" but were jealous and want to be part of the winning teams. Thanks.
Church (Street) Lady October 03, 2012 at 05:33 PM
These guys were with my neighbors the Sutherlands the other week! Very nice folks, seem to have good heads on their shoulders, i see why my neighbors said they are the right choice for the job. I dont usually vote republicans in but these people seem to care about the things i do and want to give us a voice over here in our neck of the woods in town.
Neira Lopez October 03, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I am voting Republican this year for the sake of my children and my future grandchildren. Democrats tax us into the poor house and just can't help themselves around our tax money.... It's like a child around a cookie jar. I'm terrified of what will happen to my town under Hines, Newcomer, and Satinger.
David Lewis October 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Everything sounds good, just wondering why "Establish a council liaison to the Moorestown Board of Education to support them with planning and efficient spending." It's been a while since Civics class, but we also elect school board members so it's not as if they aren't representing us too. Let the town council run the town and the school board run the schools? Just curious....
Main St October 03, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Mr Lewis: Let's get out the word and vote "Dimitri Schneiberg for Board of Ed". Nov 6th! Column 5
Dave Vignale October 03, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I think they want to have one member of the Council be the "go-to" person to sit with BOE and say "Hey guys, here's what we were thinking" so they can work together on budgets and such. Makes sense, especially since Town Councils need to approve those budgets down the road
Dave Vignale October 03, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Dimitri has my vote, along with Brandon Pugh. Both of them have great ideas.
Main St October 03, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Ok just found out, the republican club has the Romney signs. How much are they? Do the GNP sign cost anything? I guess I'll try again on their gnp2012 website again. How many lawn signs could we have? Does Dimitri Schneiberg have a lawn sign for BOE race? I don't want any yellow flags thrown on my lawn for "illegal usage of sign crowding on personal property" . Dont we soon want to cheer a touchdown and victory for GNP and Schneiberg ? Get up citizens! Were pinching a month to go on this thing!
SteveS October 03, 2012 at 07:25 PM
@Dave, you're partially correct. Your first statement is right on. The two entities should be talking to each other. They represent roughly 75% of your tax bill (63% BOE, +/- 12% municipal) However, town council has no say when it comes to the BOE's budget, at least not anymore
Dimitri Schneiberg October 03, 2012 at 07:49 PM
For those in town that place taxes at the top of the priority list, the focus has to be the school budget (which accounts for 63% of the property tax dollars, as mentioned above.) We have an even greater opportunity to increase efficiency, cut waste and utilize shared services within the school budget than the municipal budget. We have redundant staff/costs in areas such as technology, HR, payroll, accounting, etc. within the township, schools, fire department, and police. If elected to the School Board, I will focus on eliminating the redundancy and saving tax dollars. There's an appetite and a willingness in the Township, School and Fire Department Management to take these steps, we just need some leadership from the elected officials of these agencies to make this happen. I know that Chris Moye and David Weinstein share these values.
Bob Gorman October 04, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I encourage everyone to ask the Republican Council candidates to agree to debate. I agree with Greg Newcomer, Brian Sattinger and Mark Hines that we need to restore the voice of the people. The residents deserve no less.
Dimitri Schneiberg October 04, 2012 at 01:58 PM
My lawn signs are arriving this week. You can contact me via www.dimitrischneiberg.com and they will be hand delivered (and free). Thanks for your interest and support.
Dan DiFabio October 04, 2012 at 05:52 PM
They have my vote.
This Is Our Town October 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Bob, have you ever been to one of these local debates your candidates are harping on? They are horrible! It's 50 people for the Republicans, 50 people for the Democrats, everyone playing gotcha games.... There's no real substance! Thank God we havent had a debate in this town in about 10 years, they were drawn out political rallies. Debates are a dumb idea, the Patch readers agreed when they voted there shouldnt be a debate back when the challenge was given!
Dienstag October 04, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Town, let's face it, the Democrats don't know what else to do but resort to the "They won't debate us!" whining. They did it in 2008 and they did it in 2010. These debates are very, very important to the Democrats but they aren't important to the town. They are gonna do what they did in the last 2 election cycles and whine and cry and moan about how the Republicans dont care about the people, even though the Republicans are the only team with an actual plan to restore the voice of the people (see here: http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/moorestown-gop-candidates-pledge-accessibility-if-elected ). Bob, please tell NSH they need a new strategy, this one is getting old fast!!!
Remember November October 04, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Voters will remember the voice of reason that Mr. Garwood, Ms. Napolitano, and Mr. Mr. Palko have provided in recent months. Rather than divide our town, they have opted to stand with those who are tired of endless debate and mindless battles. They have stood for the people. They have stood for peace. This will be remembered, and this will be rewarded. Your candidates have begun down a path that cannot be reversed. They have begun throwing mud, whispering in the shadows about their opponents. Ironic that they believe they are creating these whispers to win, but it causes whispers against themselves. They will lose, Mr. Gorman. They will lose because they chose the low road. Our town deserves much better. I would have hoped you would have learned that much by now.
Dan Carlin October 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Uh oh, the Democrats are upset nobody wants to talk to them!!! Somebody call the someone call the WAAAAA-mbulance!!!!!
SteveS October 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
The GNP team continues to knock on doors (over 3000 and still counting), sit with community leaders to discuss the town's issues, attend community events, put forth thoughtful, specific ideas for responsible governance and run a positive upbeat campaign. I wish I could say the same for our opponents. We will continue to meet our neighbors and earn their votes on our merits not with personal slurs.
Sickened Democrat October 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Debates? Really? For a local race? Those are always the most asinine, useless wastes of time. Why don't the Democrats spend more time visiting houses and talking to voters instead of sending us pre-recording messages on the phone. No time to actually pick up the phone and call us? Talk to us? I've had two of the Republican candidates meet me at my door, and I got a phone call from a volunteer for these guys a while ago. They found a way, why can't you??? You guys are floundering, get it together!!!
Democrats for "GNP" October 04, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Yes, Sickened Democrat, you are right! That's because "GNP" are the ONLY candidates in this race who care about ALL of the town! Yes sir, they are working hard to win, and I have joined them by telling everyone I know to vote for them! Yes! They care! They will fight for ALL of us! "GNP" deserves your vote, join us in the movement!
Emily Dawson October 05, 2012 at 10:20 AM
They definitely have my support. As for the gentleman who wants a debate, I really don't see the point for a local campaign
TrueRepublican October 07, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The total figure for town hall when paid for and bells and stuff... calcualate $25,000,000.00 - which by the way, WE DO NOT NEED. I wonderfer if the new boys and girl on the block will simply cancel this unnecessary waste of taxpayer money?
TrueRepublican October 07, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I would believe it, if they said, " WE WILL GIVE MOORESTOWN VOTES A TAX REBATE. WE will not build a town hall we do not need and refund the Moorestown voters $25,000,000.00. Now that would be progress.
TrueRepublican October 07, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Gross National Product... are you weird or what
TrueRepublican October 07, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I have not heard these folks say anything about refunding taxpayers our over taxed homes? If they were ture Republicans, we would have a tax rebate check.
TrueRepublican October 07, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Ture Republicans are not affraid to share their values. Bring on the debates. Let the records show what the candidates stand for. Put in in the public forum. We have nothing to hide or loose.
SteveS October 07, 2012 at 02:30 PM
True Republicans do not hide behind names like "True Republicans"
Tax Playa October 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Why would anyone debate in this town? All the republicans have to do is let Hines and Monique Begg keep talking and watch their poll numbers go up (if there are any.) LOL! As far as issues, they are all taken care of - whomever gets elected will have a cakewalk for the next 4 years.


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