To my Township neighbors,
I am running for the Township Committee because, like many of you, I am worried about the divisiveness and the partisan stranglehold that has taken a toll on our community. I’m even more concerned about our fiscal future.
With no financial plan, the Committee, over the past few years, has kicked the can down the road by ignoring deteriorating buildings, failing to put money into road, recreation and sidewalk funds, and ignoring renovations to our police department mandated by the state. The lack of financial planning will cause an increase in taxes over several years just to pay down interest and debt.
It’ll take anywhere from $4 to $7 million in repairs to ensure our police
department is compliant and to make repairs to our leaking municipal building.
That does not include a looming balloon interest payment, $75,000 to repair our
neglected tennis courts and close to $1 million in repaving roads that could not be accomplished as the fund ran out of money. Ratables and revenue growth will slow as the knockdown housing market slows, and we are looking at 250 court-mandated, affordable-housing units with nowhere to build and no funds to pay for it.
Are we on the “Right Track” as my opponent’s state? Does “hands off” governance work for residents? No, we are not on the right track and being hands off is no way to manage the financial health of the Township.
We need leaders on our Committee who will work collaboratively to solve these issues. Leaders who have been involved in the township, not just for campaign purposes, but who have made a difference. As a Past President and Trustee of the Chatham Education Foundation, I helped raise over $200,000 each year to fund grants for our schools. I have worked to provide programs on teen stress and mental health, anti-bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness as a longtime member of the Municipal Alliance of the Chathams. I served as the President of the Southern Boulevard PTO, ran the enrichment program and so much more. In my professional career, I was an Internal Audit Director for a Fortune 100 Financial Services firm. My undergraduate degree is in actuarial science and my graduate degree is in finance. I have the deep community roots and the financial skills to tackle the issues we face.
I am asking for your vote on November 5th to get the Township back on track for a sound financial future. I appreciate your support!