I am running for Mayor to prioritize the needs of residents
The runaway train of development in our township has benefitted the developers over the residents. Increased traffic on major roads has led to drivers cutting through, and speeding, in our neighborhoods. We have seen an increase in poorly maintained roads and sidewalks, abandoned and foreclosed properties, car break-ins, burglaries, and other issues affecting quality of life and property values. Remember when our neighborhoods were clean, safe, and well maintained? That is my vision for Cherry Hill.
It’s time for an independent audit of township finances to see where our money is going and return savings to the taxpayers.
High density development must be stopped. It is putting a strain on our infrastructure and schools. We will prioritize affordability for residents by lowering property taxes. We will pay for property tax relief for residents by making sure large commercial properties and apartment complexes are properly assessed and paying their fair share of taxes. There will be no more PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) deals with developers that deprive our schools of millions in tax dollars.
I am in agreement with this plan as it is just plain common sense that buying services in larger quantities will reduce costs. It will also save a lot of your money by reducing administrative costs including pensions. It's important that we have impact studies before agreeing to shared services. Our large township might do just as well with better negotiation of contracts, and opening up our bidding process to non-politically connected businesses and contractors.
Right now, all we are doing is attracting development to the detriment of the taxpaying residents of Cherry Hill. We need to focus on restoring our neighborhoods and schools. We need to change the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) deals to developers to reduce the burden on taxpayers.
PO Box 2923
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Moving Cherry Hill Forward
Foremost, keeping taxes down for our residents will be the number one priority. With that said, residents in Cherry Hill expect and deserve a high level of municipal services, such as repaved roadways, reliable trash and recycling pick-up, public safety initiatives, and clean, updated parks, playgrounds, and open space. I will prioritize maintaining a high level of services to the residents. I will watch every dollar spent, and ensure that residents' services are prioritized. I will also seek grants, to offset or cover the costs for increased services, such as public safety equipment and recreational upgrades. I will keep municipal taxes down for our residents, and allow them to see their tax dollars hard at work.
Protecting the Township's neighborhoods will be a top priority. Our neighborhoods are the foundation on which Cherry Hill is built and on which it continues to thrive. I will protect our neighborhoods with property maintenance initiatives that tackle vacant and neglected properties and ensure that our streets are clean and homes are maintained. I will look at our municipal roads and make sure we are repairing and repaving neighborhood streets. I will work closely with the Traffic Unit to tackle speeding through our neighborhoods. I will make sure we have clean, updated parks, playgrounds, and open spaces for our residents to enjoy. Our residents should feel a great sense of pride when they drive through their neighborhoods.
Shared service contracts give public entities the opportunity to secure more advantageous pricing on goods and services. As a Freeholder, I was a strong proponent of shared service arrangements that allowed the County and other entities to work together for the financial benefit of the taxpayers. As Mayor, I will continue to seek-out these types of opportunities that for Cherry Hill. As for consolidation of municipalities, for some smaller towns, that might be beneficial, but not for a town like Cherry Hill. We are a large township that has the need for its own police and fire departments, and its own administrative staff to handle the needs of the town.
I am a strong believer in promoting small business. In Cherry Hill, we have a variety of businesses, from very small to very large. As Mayor, I will work hard to maintain that balance by encouraging small business to come to Cherry Hill, in places where it is appropriate, such as Erlton. If one small business closes, I want to see another small business come to town. I will also do my best to attract businesses that directly serve the needs and wants of our residents. I want to see our residents shop, dine, go to the doctor's, and have fun right here in Cherry Hill.