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Warren Township Committee

The Warren Township Committee is comprised of five members, elected by the public for three-year terms of office. All members have equal power and may vote on all issues. Township Committee hold all legislative and executive powers of the Township. At the annual Reorganization meeting held in January, the Mayor is elected by the committee from among its members.

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    Rick de Pinho
    (I)

  • John Patrick Fahy
    (Dem)

  • Jolanta Maziarz
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing your municipality? What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges? Lastly, how do you intend to address these challenges?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and please explain why you believe this is so.

Do you think municipal government has a role in keeping students safe in our schools? If yes, what do you think municipal governments should provide?

Campaign Address de Pinho for Township Committee 11 Wilshire Rd. Warren, NJ 07059
Website www.depinhoforwarren.com
The most important challenges facing our municipality are working to lower taxes, to improve public safety and to preserve Warren’s rural nature.

Attending Township Committee meetings over the past three years combined with my background as an engineer and attorney has prepared me to address these issues.

I would work to reduce costs by making sure we are maximizing rateables, eliminating expenses like the unoccupied old municipal building, and minimizing the handouts to developers of 30 year tax abatements (PILOTs). These challenges need to be addressed by a leader that that can work honestly with residents to provide true transparency, real integrity, and independence from political patronage.
We need to limit the use of PILOTs (payments in lieu of taxes).

The PILOTs give developers a 30 year tax abatement on the development of parcels in exchange for a payment to the town (95%) and county (5%). This undermines the existing tax base and causes the existing taxpayers’ taxes to increase since the schools, which make up the majority of the tax bill, receive no funding from these PILOTs. Prime properties like the King George Inn should not require our town to provide a handout to developers. Our schools are now asking our governing body to be included in any such future PILOT discussions given the financial realization and hundreds of units that have already been approved.
School safety is a shared responsibility and municipal government has a part to play.

How best to address the issue is difficult, but planning and preparedness should obviously be undertaken. Our police department has offered an officer to patrol the district in the past and assigned an officer to the high school. Both options should be continuously vetted and explored. I support a proactive approach that would enhance the relationship between the students, parents, staff and police. In addition, active shooter drills mandated by the state should be in coordination with the municipal government/police.
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