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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