South Plainfield – Saying that results count, Mayor Anesh and his team this week talk about how their platform will focus on keeping South Plainfield heading in the right direction.

  “Last year I said our goal is to have a team in place to continue to keep South Plainfield affordable, while investing more in our hometown,” said Anesh. “After searching for new additions to our team we came upon two top-notch candidates. Melanie Mott and Pete Smith will bring new ideas, while showing the same ‘get it done’ attitude that we need.”

 “Keeping our town affordable is at the top of the list,” added Melanie Mott.  “South Plainfield has one of the lowest tax rates in the county.  We want to keep it that way, and in the coming weeks we’ll talk about our plans to make things even more efficient.”

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Pete Smith says 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 maintained the town’s financial rating due to the reforms put in place by Mayor Anesh.” Smith said.  “It’s especially impressive when you see scores of other towns getting downgraded.”

 “Municipal taxes, controlled by the council, are up less than one percent since 2009. We have worked hard to hold the line on taxes and spending.” said Councilman Rob Bengivenga, finance committee chair.  “Over the same time, the county (under Democrat control) saw taxes go up $319.80 for the average home, and the school board raised taxes $940.64.  By contrast, the council’s part of the tax bill is up $48.67 over ten years.”

But the Anesh team’s agenda includes more than just finances. 

The following projects are just a few examples of what the Anesh team has been able to do, while keeping a close eye on expenses:

  • Library Addition: The library doubled in size at no additional cost to the taxpayers.  Patrons and programs continue to increase. In contrast, the democrats promised a new library for over a decade, squandered a $1,000,000 and got nowhere. The Anesh team stepped in and got it done, despite opposition from the local democrat party.
  • Willow Park has seen a complete overhaul with a beautiful play structure, swings and the addition of an adaptive play structure. Under the stale democrat days, it was nothing but an eyesore behind borough hall, filled with broken glass, tires, and rubbish
  • The Southside Dog Park has quickly become one of the most popular parks in town. Additionally, the park now connects to the Pony Tail Softball fields for additional parking.  It was the first park added to the Borough’s roster in decades. The previous democrat administration let the polluting property owner off the hook, and left the taxpayers with a $350,000 cleanup bill. The democrats even tried to fight this park from happening.  
  • Utility Resurfacing Ordinance: In 2016, Councilman Bengivenga, introduced an ordinance requiring utility companies to repave damaged roads. In just the last two years, over ten miles of roads were repaved at zero cost to the taxpayers. The Democrats, for years, allowed utility companies to dig up our roads leaving tax payers to foot the bill.

“These are just a few examples of how we used innovative ideas to get things done,” added Mayor Anesh. “Melanie and Pete will work hard for our residents and will always follow our team motto, ‘under promise and over deliver’.”

“As a mother with young children, it’s great to live in a town that is not only affordable but has new additions happening that will benefit our families and seniors,” said Mott

 “Melanie and I know that voters demand results,” said Smith.  “That’s why we hope to earn the town’s support by talking not only about the Anesh teams record, but also by talking about how we will keep things going in the right direction and continue to get things done for South Plainfield.”