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COMMITTEE: The Waterford Township Committee is the governing body of the municipality and is composed of elected officials. They establish laws, ordinances, and policies for the municipality. An elected Committee member serves a 3-year term.

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    William A. Richardson, Jr.
    (Rep)

  • Eric Romolini
    (Dem)

  • Mary Sura
    (Rep)

  • Howard S. Wilson
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the top priority(ies) in the next municipal budget and how will you minimize impact on taxpayers? Please discuss no more than three priorities.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the municipality today and how would you address the issue if elected to office?

What is your view on consolidation of municipalities and/or sharing services with neighboring municipalities?

What would you to to promote economic development and attract businesses to the municipality?

Campaign Email abillrich@aol.com
Campaign Address EFO Richardson/Sura PO Box 674 Atco NJ 08004
Campaign phone 856-304-6063 609-440-3108
Party Tagline Balanced Leadership Smart Growth Maintaining Your Values
1 Holding the line on spending I will continue to work with surrounding communities and the county reaching agreements on sharing services 2 I am currently working with New Jersey Department of Community Affairs reviewing all departments to ensure they are running efficiently. This will allow us to make the best use of our staff and provide enhanced services to all our residents 3 Increase the tax base I am currently in working with various developers to bring new businesses to Waterford Township to stabilize our taxes
Keeping Waterford Township a safe, healthy and affordable community I will continue to ensure our police ,fire and emergency personnel have the tools to keep Waterford Township safe. I fully support our Environmental commission members in there efforts to make our hometown a healthy place to live and raise our families. I am committed as a life long resident of Waterford Township to keep my home town an affordable place for our residents through conservative financial policies and procedures to make the best use of our budget
I have championed shared services during my previous terms during the last five years Waterford Township now has shared service agreements with our surrounding communities for fire,emergency services repair of our fire trucks purchasing of office supplies salt for winter storms A shared agreement with our school board to place police officers in our schools to keep our children safe I will continue to explore and reach out to share services with our neighbors
During the last five years I have worked very hard to let developers know Waterford Township is open for business . It has taken that time to change an earlier perception that we were not business friendly. I have reached out and met with many developers and business owners to discuss why they should come to Waterford Township. I also created a redevelopment sub-committee to assist in promoting economic development. we are now beginning to see the fruits of our efforts In just last few years we welcomed a new Dollar General, a yoga studio, an ice cream parlor, a construction management company and just last week our land use board approved a new brewery which will open early 2020
Campaign Address Waterford Township Democrats 2019, 331 Jackson Rd., Atco, NJ 08004.
Party Tagline -
Taxes are too high in relation to the services we receive. According to the 2018 Debt Statement, the Township’s gross debt was almost 18 million dollars. This year alone, taxpayers must pay $1,533,473.00 in principal and interest payments. This reduces our capacity to provide basic services. However, there are certain things that can be done. Each line item in the budget must be scrutinized and reduced where possible. Wherever practical, we must explore the possibility of shared services with neighboring towns. We need to stop borrowing money, in the absence of an emergency, until we pay down our debt service more. We need to evaluate how much money we truly need in surplus. We must reduce the size of our government through attrition.
High taxes. See previous answer.
I am in favor of sharing services with neighboring municipalities.
The business climate in our Township has been slowly declining for several years. I am committed to doing whatever we can to revitalize our business areas. We need to visit other towns and find out how they were able to attract new business. We need to consult area commercial realtors to find out what would attract business to our area. We need to seek relief from the Pinelands Commission to end the stranglehold the Commission's regulations have on us. We need to take a hard look at our present land use and zoning regulations which, at present, severely limit potential business locations. We need to talk to area business owners to find out what we can do to keep them in Town.
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Campaign Address 331 Jackson Road Atco, NJ 08004
Party Tagline Help us take Waterford Township in a new direction
Taxes are too high in relation to the services we receive. According to the 2018 Debt Statement, the Township’s gross debt was almost 18 million dollars. This year alone, taxpayers must pay $1,533,473.00 in principal and interest payments. This reduces our capacity to provide basic services. However, there are certain things that can be done. Each line item in the budget must be scrutinized and reduced where possible. Wherever practical, we must explore the possibility of shared services with neighboring towns. We need to stop borrowing money, in the absence of an emergency, until we pay down our debt service more. We need to evaluate how much money we truly need in surplus. We must reduce the size of our government through attrition.
High taxes. See previous answer.
I am in favor of sharing services with neighboring municipalities.
The business climate in our Township has been slowly declining for several years. I am committed to doing whatever we can to revitalize our business areas. We need to visit other towns and find out how they were able to attract new business. We need to consult area commercial realtors to find out what would attract business to our area.

We need to seek relief from the Pinelands Commission to end the stranglehold the Commission's regulations have on us. We need to take a hard look at our present land use and zoning regulations which, at present, severely limit potential business locations. We need to talk to area business owners to find out what we can do to keep them in Town.+