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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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    John Patrick Fahy
    (Dem)

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    Ilana Goldstein-Barski
    (Dem)

  • George K. Lazo
    (Rep)

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    Michael "Mick" Marion
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are your short-term and long-term plans to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our municipality?

Looking ahead to a post-pandemic future, what are we learning from the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on municipal operations that will change how municipalities operate in the future?

Website https://www.goldstein-barskyforwarren.com/
Short term there are some clear strategies that we can take to limit the impact of the tax revenue fallout from Covid-19. The first, is what we have been proposing for the past 3 years: a complete and comprehensive moratorium on all new PILOT development. PILOT developments involve giving developers tax abatement deals, where new properties, some valued at over $1 million, are not required to pay the full property tax assessment, but instead pay a significantly reduced fee directly to the township. These PILOT properties pay no money towards our school systems, which make up the biggest part of our local property tax payment. PILOT programs are not only deeply unfair to the residents of Warren who have been paying their fair share of taxes for decades, but they are also deeply dangerous and risk the future fiscal health of our township in the coming decades. It’s time we make the correct and responsible decision by ending all future PILOT developments.
The COVID crisis underscores the need for municipal governments to find ways to provide services to residents in a way that does not require in-person contact. Municipal agencies need to maximize residents’ ability to apply for permits, submit tax and sewer payments, and submit questions to municipal employees digitally. In addition, committee meeting, planning and zoning board meetings should allow for both in-person and call-in public comment. These changes will make local governments both more accessible and accountable to a broader range of residents. In addition, local Offices of Emergency Management should look to set up data bases for residents who may require assistance in times of public health or weather related emergencies (senior, homebound or disabled). Inclusion on lists would be voluntary, and municipal employees could engage in proactive outreach in times of emergency to ensure the health and safety of vulnerable citizens.
Campaign Address 22 Roberts Rd. Warren, nj 07059
Website goldstein-barskyforwarren.com
Short term there are some clear strategies that we can take to limit the impact of the tax revenue fallout from Covid-19. The first, is what we have been proposing for the past 3 years: a complete and comprehensive moratorium on all new PILOT development. PILOT developments involve giving developers tax abatement deals, where new properties, some valued at over $1 million, are not required to pay the full property tax assessment, but instead pay a significantly reduced fee directly to the township. These PILOT properties pay no money towards our school systems, which make up the biggest part of our local property tax payment. PILOT programs are not only deeply unfair to the residents of Warren who have been paying their fair share of taxes for decades, but they are also deeply dangerous and risk the future fiscal health of our township in the coming decades. It’s time we make the correct and responsible decision by ending all future PILOT developments.
The COVID crisis underscores the need for municipal governments to find ways to provide services to residents in a way that does not require in-person contact. Municipal agencies need to maximize residents’ ability to apply for permits, submit tax and sewer payments, and submit questions to municipal employees digitally. In addition, committee meeting, planning and zoning board meetings should allow for both in-person and call-in public comment. These changes will make local governments both more accessible and accountable to a broader range of residents. In addition, local Offices of Emergency Management should look to set up data bases for residents who may require assistance in times of public health or weather related emergencies (senior, homebound or disabled). Inclusion on lists would be voluntary, and municipal employees could engage in proactive outreach in times of emergency to ensure the health and safety of vulnerable citizens.
Fortunately for Warren, COVID-19 has had limited impact financially upon the 2020 Budget. As you may know, we and the entire Township Committee have been vigilant in maintaining a fiscally conservative budget. To that end, the Township Committee, along with our Administrator and other financial professionals, are anticipating impacts on the 2021 Budget due to the potential reduction in Commercial Ratables, loss of State Aid, and lower revenue from interests on investments, as well as court fines. Currently, tax collection has remained at normal levels, and our Tax Assessor’s Office is reaching out to commercial property owners in order to understand the potential loss of rental income and better anticipate its effect on the Township. Based on this information, the Township Committee is developing goals for the 2021 Budget to address these issues. As we continue to be proactive, we have already informed Township Department Heads to consider an anticipated reduction of non-tax revenue as a result of COVID-19 impacts while preparing their budgets. We will continue to monitor and adjust to this situation as more information is obtained and new events inevitably occur in the future.
We believe that it is critically important for Township Government to make itself and its services available now, more than ever, during a time of crisis. Accordingly, while balancing the health of our residents and employees (and complying with applicable requirements), Warren Township has been operating in Town Hall at full staff since May 18, 2020, and the offices have been open to the public since July 6, 2020. Nonetheless, our adaptation to these uniquely challenging times and the use of our government experience and resources have led us to modify and incorporate some of what has worked for the Township and its citizens during this pandemic. For example, the Township Committee is encouraging the expansion of electronic government as a goal, with Township Departments increasing their use of on-line platforms. In addition, the Township website is being completely redone to provide increased access to agendas, minutes, ordinances, forms, land use board application materials, and tax and licensing information. Township Committee meetings are broadcasted live, and drop boxes have been instituted for residents to drop off tax payments and permit applications, which not only reduces in-person contact, but will provide great accessibility and convenience to our residents. We continue to look to apply additional processes developed during this pandemic to provide better and more efficient services to everyone in Warren.
Campaign Address 1 Raspberry Trial Warren, NJ 07059
Website vote marion - lazo.com
Fortunately for Warren, COVID-19 has had limited impact financially upon the 2020 Budget. As you may know, we and the entire Township Committee have been vigilant in maintaining a fiscally conservative budget. To that end, the Township Committee, along with our Administrator and other financial professionals, are anticipating impacts on the 2021 Budget due to the potential reduction in Commercial Ratables, loss of State Aid, and lower revenue from interests on investments, as well as court fines. Currently, tax collection has remained at normal levels, and our Tax Assessor’s Office is reaching out to commercial property owners in order to understand the potential loss of rental income and better anticipate its effect on the Township. Based on this information, the Township Committee is developing goals for the 2021 Budget to address these issues. As we continue to be proactive, we have already informed Township Department Heads to consider an anticipated reduction of non-tax revenue as a result of COVID-19 impacts while preparing their budgets. We will continue to monitor and adjust to this situation as more information is obtained and new events inevitably occur in the future.
We believe that it is critically important for Township Government to make itself and its services available now, more than ever, during a time of crisis. Accordingly, while balancing the health of our residents and employees (and complying with applicable requirements), Warren Township has been operating in Town Hall at full staff since May 18, 2020, and the offices have been open to the public since July 6, 2020. Nonetheless, our adaptation to these uniquely challenging times and the use of our government experience and resources have led us to modify and incorporate some of what has worked for the Township and its citizens during this pandemic. For example, the Township Committee is encouraging the expansion of electronic government as a goal, with Township Departments increasing their use of on-line platforms. In addition, the Township website is being completely redone to provide increased access to agendas, minutes, ordinances, forms, land use board application materials, and tax and licensing information. Township Committee meetings are broadcasted live, and drop boxes have been instituted for residents to drop off tax payments and permit applications, which not only reduces in-person contact, but will provide great accessibility and convenience to our residents. We continue to look to apply additional processes developed during this pandemic to provide better and more efficient services to everyone in Warren.