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Benner Township Board of Supervisors

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    Thomas Kalinowski

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Biographical Information

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?

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Date of Birth September 18, 1962
Education B.A. History, University of Delaware
Qualifications Concerned citizen
Twitter kalinowski4ben1
My top priority will be climate change. Last year was, by far, the wettest ever in Benner Township. State College normally averages 40 inches of rain a year; last year it reached 64 inches. This is not a unique event - this is the new normal. Benner Township needs to adopt new strategies to deal with a new climate. In the short term, we need to create a literal rainy-day fund to deal with climate-related emergencies. In the long term, we need to update the township's zoning ordinance to reflect the new reality.

Another top priority is police protection. Unlike neighboring Spring and Patton Townships, Benner does not have its own police force, instead relying on the State Police for law enforcement. A plan is now in place in Harrisburg to charge municipalities like ours for State Police protection - under the current formula Benner would have to pay over half a million dollars a year. Whether share the Spring Township police force, continue to use the State Police, or create our own police force, we're going to have to find a way to pay for it.

Finally, our township's residents are concerned about the current Board's efforts to use a rezoning effort to reduce environmental protection for Spring Creek, which is the jewel of Centre County and the state's top trout fishing stream. I want to see our environmental protections maintained, which will also involve mean anticipating the effects of climate change.
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Date of Birth 9/24/55
Education Graduation from State College Area High School Graduation from Centre County Vo-Tech
Qualifications Faith United Methodist , Mission Team Leader Benner Twsp Planning Commission Sowing Seeds in Belize ,Board member
Improve communication with Twsp Residents. (Face book) Helping to review current zoning issues with upgrades to be user friendly to current land owners. Help to provide better road conditions.