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Franklin Township Committee (Hunterdon County) {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Township Committee form of government is formed under the State of New Jersey Statute NJSA:40A:63-1 et. seq. In this form of municipal government voters select five Committee members, elected at-large for staggered, three year terms. Elections are partisan with the governing body holding a reorganization meeting the first week in January. The Mayor is elected by Township Committee for 1 year term. The Mayor chairs Township Committee meetings with voice and vote, and serves aa the head of municipal government. He/she holds all powers vested in mayor by general law. The Township Committee is the legislative body of municipality. The Township Committee has all executive responsibilities of the municipality not placed in Office of Mayor. The Township Committee may delegate, by ordinance, all or a portion of executive responsibilities to an administrator.

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  • John Benscoter
    (Dem)

  • Diane Burgess
    (Rep)

  • Sebastian Donaruma
    (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?

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?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and why?

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The most important challenge facing Franklin Township, Hunterdon County is a way to increase ratables to offset property taxes while maintaining the rural character of our community. Having been in the Township almost for 40 years and been on the Township Committee for 6 years, I'm familiar with the opportunities we've pursued to bring in revenue while not jeopardizing the nature of the Township. I've sought and obtained grants to aid the municipality in assessing the energy efficiency of our buildings and to assess future opportunities for the Rogers Pond park area. I will continue to work with the County to identify ways to increase revenue opportunities for the Township while continuing to maintain our Open Space and Preserved land.
By law, the School District and the Municipality are separate entities. However, we can partner to ensure our students are safe. I completely support the DARE program and will continue to identify ways we can partner to meet the needs of the students in our community.
We need to continue to review our ordinances to identify outdated ones and to identify where our fees are insufficient to cover our costs, especially as it relates to Permits, Variances, etc. that appear before the Land Use Board.
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