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COUNCIL: The Merchantville Borough Council is the governing body of the municipality and is composed of elected officials. They establish laws, ordinances, and policies for the municipality. An elected Council member serves a 3-year term.

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    Sean Fitzgerald

  • Andrew O. Mc Loone

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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?

1.) Responsibly working to offset the State cuts to municipal funding. Providing top services with little to no impact to the tax payer has to be priority number 1. 2.) Increasing communication in all forms. By utilizing free services (Facebook, YouTube, etc) along with volunteers and interns the hope will be to reach ever community member with up to date information with minimal tax impact. 3.) Looking into all viable options to improve on Public Works services. Residents and businesses expect and deserve top services.
Doing more with less. Each year the price of insurance goes up, repairs to service vehicles, road repairs, tree removal and replacement, just to name a few. Rarely do prices go down, yet residents still need these services while not having their taxes reach unpayable levels. Finding that balance, in a time when state aid is never a guarantee will always be a challenge.
I absolutely disagree with consolidating towns. Families and businesses are established over generations in downtowns and school districts that would be relegated to closure and afterthoughts to the larger townships, who already have entrenched businesses areas and interests, as well as school systems. To destroy so much history and hard work would be a shame. In terms of shared services, if each town or group of towns can come to a mutually beneficial agreement for their residents, while always maintaining the ability to seek better arrangements in the future, I support the concept.
The Borough, at the moment, is still in the process of working out a redevelopment deal for our downtown, Ultimately, I believe this will go a long way in helping to attract and maintain businesses. In the meantime, working with current and potential business owners on the day to day operations issues is essential. Parking, signage, clean streets, events that draw in folks from the surrounding area, these are the meat and potato issues we are working on constantly in an effort to help our businesses thrive.
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