Should you be elected, what are three specific areas you'd like to change, address, improve orfurther research, and how specifically would you go about it?
1. Imrove public participation and communication. As trustee, I will:
Prepare a newsletter, detailing township activities and issues affecting our community.
Have quarterly public meetings where residents can ask questions, provide input and feedback tohelp the board and township departments better serve our community.
Conduct a professional community-wide survey to gauge the attitudes and opinions of the residentsregarding land use planning, park development, budgets and taxation, etc.
Update and maintain our Chester Township website with current information.
Re-establish the Internal Audit Committee (dormant since 2008) to insure fiscal responsibility.
Encourage volunteerism and support local organizations that make Chester Township a great placeto live.
I will review how our current (and future) zoning impacts and controls development in our community.Does our current zoning encourage and support local business but protect our residentialneighborhoods, including our groundwater? What can we do that improves our community whilepreserving and protecting the things we value most, including our township form of government?With more than 20% of Chester residents over the age of 60, I often hear comments and requests for asenior center. Families with young children express interest in a community center. What options areavailable, at what costs to the taxpayer, and do these things have community-wide support? Thecommunity response from a public survey will help guide the board of trustees in responsibly managingand planning our township's future on this and many other key issues.
As a volunteer, I have worked with others to conduct detailed revenue and expenditure analyses foreach township department, implementing 5-year budget plans, identifying cost savings and supportingfiscal responsibility with our tax dollars.At the end of 2010 our revenue plus carryover was in excess of $10 million dollars. Our budgetcarryover (unspent tax monies) was more than $5.6 million dollars; about $3 million dollars more than isnecessary to adequately fund all operations. We need a responsible plan to manage this money and toplan for how changes in state funding, including the (proper) repeal of the estate tax, will impact ourbudget and operations.