The South Plainfield Democratic Candidates for Borough Council, Cassie Capparelli and Roberto Sayers, this week voiced their support for bringing back Democracy Day in South Plainfield by letting voters cast a vote on borrowing by the Borough on any single item over one million dollars that is not related to public safety or public health. The Democratic team believes that giving voters a greater say on how the Borough spends their tax dollars and listening to the residents of South Plainfield is one of the greatest responsibilities of an elected official.
Cassie Capparelli stated, “During the 1990’s, the Democratic controlled Borough Council adopted Democracy Day – a unique approach in South Plainfield’s Borough government history – where voters were given the ability to voice their opinion on large budget items by voting on the Borough’s proposed borrowing through bonding on any single item over one million dollars that was not related to public safety or public health. This is not a partisan issue as the Republican controlled council also embraced this concept at times. However, with the one-party rule of the Republicans over the last decade, the voice of the people is not being heard as Democracy Day has been forgotten or ignored. When Roberto Sayers and I are elected, we will look to maximize the voice of the people of South Plainfield and Democracy Day will be one of those voices. We can do better for the people of South Plainfield by listening to the taxpayers on major budget items.”
Roberto Sayers continued, “In walking door to door, Cassie and I have heard the frustration from many people on how their tax dollars are spent. We need to end the Borough’s reliance on borrowing to balance the budget. Democracy Day is one way to get input from people on large ticket items and help stop runaway borrowing. Cassie and I believe that listening to the people of South Plainfield is the most important job of a member of the Borough Council and we should encourage as much community participation as possible. People get turned off when they think the government doesn’t listen to them. We need to listen more to the people of South Plainfield before acting. Let’s start that by bringing back Democracy Day. Democracy Day for large budget items is just the start. We should also think about presenting to the voters changes to the Zoning Code that would significantly increase traffic, or add a considerable number of dwelling units, or proposals to sell Borough-owned land to developers. The best way to serve the people of South Plainfield is to listen to them. Let the voices of the people be heard.”