Saying that results count, Council President Derryck White and his running mate, Councilwoman Christine Faustini, kicked off their campaign this week by saying their platform will focus on how to keep South Plainfield heading in the right direction and continue to get it done for our hometown.”
White is proud of the borough’s record, but he said he and Faustini are focused just as much on talking about the future. “Our goal is to continue to keep South Plainfield affordable, while investing more in our hometown.”
“Keeping our town affordable is at the top of the list,” added White. “South Plainfield has one of the lowest tax rates in the county. Christine and I want to keep it that way, and in the coming weeks we’ll announce plans to make things even more efficient.”
Faustini pointed to the town’s long-term track record on taxes as one of the reasons she chose to run on the GOP team.
According to records, the part of the tax bill the council controls is actually lower than in 2009, when the Democrats ran things.
Over the same time, the county (under Democrat control) saw taxes go up $295.24 for the average home, and the school board raised taxes $740.54. By contrast, the council’s part of the tax bill is $7.45 lower.
Faustini said that the key to controlling taxes is to keep South Plainfield on a solid financial footing.
“I was happy to see that the business community upgraded the town’s financial rating,” she said. “It’s especially impressive when you look around and see the state and scores of other towns getting downgraded.”
Faustini said she and White have one goal: to hold down taxes, while investing in our hometown’s future. The following projects are just a few we have been able to do, while keeping taxes lower than last year:
· Doubled the size of the library
· New Wrestling & Cheer Mats at the PAL
· Traffic Signal on Woodland Ave
· Willow Park Expansion
· New Police Vehicles & Equipment
· Southside Dog Park
· Senior Center Upgrades
· Memorial Field Lighting
· Community Pool Facelift
· Fire Ladder Truck
“I grew up in South Plainfield and chose to stay and raise my family here,” said Faustini. “It’s great to see all the new additions happening around town which benefit our families and seniors.”
Derryck agreed. “Christine and I know that voters in South Plainfield demand results,” said White. “That’s why we hope to earn the town’s support by talking not only about our record, but by talking about how to keep things going in the right direction and showing how we will continue to get things done for our hometown.”