LET'S TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES.

LEADERSHIP

Leadership is the number one thing missing from the current administration. Strong leadership resolves many of the issues that plague the township today. The revolving door in the manager's position, the resignation and retirement of Public Safety Directors (formerly titled Police Chief), the lack of staffing for the Police, the large turnover of personnel in the Public Works department, the appropriate use of already owned land to serve the township's recreational and athletic needs – ​all of these things do not become issues under GOOD LEADERS.

GOOD LEADERS believe in transparency in governing and listening to all opinions on an issue before making a decision.

GOOD LEADERS listen to questions from constituents and work on getting them answered.

RESOURCES

Better use of township resources is the responsibility of the Commissioners in order to ensure that the township can maintain the quality of life for its residents. The revolving door in the manager's office has caused a ripple effect of turnover throughout the staff. Over the last five years, the amount of staffing changes is concerning because of the loss of institutional knowledge as well as a big reduction in manpower impacting the services the township provides.

The depletion of public works and police staff has drastically impacted the way these departments provide services. We are committed to stabilizing the police force and public works staff by fully staffing the departments, ensuring they have the tools to perform their duties, and providing the administrative oversight they deserve. 

​Land already owned by the township must be utilized to its fullest extent. We do not agree with the need to purchase additional land for recreational purposes as we already own land that is sitting empty that could meet the current needs of the athletic association. The township was gifted an 11-acre tract of land located at the end of Fulling Mill Road, next to the M & H Railroad tracks and the Swatara Creek. While the property is located in the flood fringe zone, and therefore does have some building restrictions, it is ideal for recreation use as it is in the Conservation District which allows for these types of uses. 

Making responsible decisions where our resources are concerned will save the township, and taxpayers, money in the long run.

TAXES

Taxes are always a major concern. The last Municipal Real Estate millage rate increase was in 2013 in the amount of .75 mills. Prior to 2013, from 1990 - 2012, the Municipal Real Estate millage rate increased once in 23 years and that was in the amount of 1.0 mill. in 2005. The Municipal Fire Protection millage rate also increased in 2013 by .22 mills and the Municipal Capital Improvement millage rate increased by .25 mills in 2012.

SMART GROWTH

Smart growth is something every municipality strives for and developments should be based on the needs of the township while taking into consideration existing neighborhoods, access to transportation, and community engagement among other factors. Growth in the township is necessary to maintain the tax base and preserve the quality of life for residents.

Properly planned developments generate increased revenue from real estate taxes and real estate transfer taxes while improving the infrastructure of the township. This is largely how the township has grown into what you see today.

To set the record straight, we are not in favor of, nor have we ever been in favor of, rezoning the land along Longview Drive, from Oberlin Road to North Union Street, from residential-agricultural to industrial to allow for warehouse uses. When it comes to land use rezoning issues, the township should base their decisions on a project's compatibility, purpose, suitability, accessability, serviceability, and applicability.

INFRASTRUCTURE

Infrastructure upgrades have been and will always be part of a municipalities responsibility. Previous boards and management have built the infrastructure you use on a daily basis. We need to create the funding and implementation of a physically responsible plan to replace our aging storm sewer system, sanitary sewer system, and to repair our roadways. More recently, increased Federal mandated stormwater (MS4) requirements have taken center stage and must be implemented. Additionally, the DEP Act 537 planning update to the township's comprehensive sewage plan will be a significantly costly item.

The Municipal Sewer Authority's, 2017 Sewer Revenue Fund budget reflects a proposed 25% increase to the $44.75 monthly sewer rental rate to be implemented on July 1, 2017. This increase has not yet occurred, but will more than likely take place in early 2018.

QUALITY OF LIFE

Quality of life, in large part, is directly impacted by all of the above listed issues.

Our opponents talk about preserving the quality of life you have come to enjoy, but keep in mind, we were working as township manager and planning commissioner when that quality of life was built. We will continue our work to preserve the quality of life for our residents in addition to making smart growth decisions that will ensure that quality of life for years to come.