Tuesday, April 22, 2008
EP Reporter goes under cover and EP Committee's Dilemma
Well after the anonymous letter was included in the Public Information Packet at the Township Meeting last Tuesday, I had to move my base of operations from the Home. It took me all week to remove the antennas from the roof and re-install them in my new location. The Mayor, Administrator have all of their troops out looking for me (us).
During the last Township Meeting the Mayor, Tom Pullion and Committee looked bad when it was apparent that Tom Pullion didn't do his homework when he wrote his article for the Bee. He didn't know that the Agreement signed between the EP Sewer Authority and the Willingboro MUA has resulted in the EPSA cost of Operations and Maintenance to almost double. This could explain why the Townships Budget has been out of control for the past five years. Tom Pullion's Bee comment "Edgewater Park has maintained a very stable tax rate" is further proof that you can expect additional tax increases. Just compare the tax increases of the past five years to the years 1986 to 2000. Maybe Tom is using the New Math he learned in school.
Tom also said in the Bee article, because the majority of the township residents "prefer a rural farming community" and as a result our population is under 10,000, we will be punished by the governor with a reduction of $288,000 in state aid. Well Tom, if you think the town is to small or to rural, why did you move here in the 1990s? This reduction in state aid has been talked about for the past year and should not have been a surprise to you or committee. You and committee just kept spending like a drunken sailor.
The township received $220,000 for the sale of the old Swim Club along with money from other land sales last year. What happened to that money? Why don't you use that money to offset the potential loss in state aid, or did you and committee spend that money?
I like the "Quality Of Life" issues you are spending tax payers money on, like the new carpet, new paint job, new office renovations (Mayor's or Storage Office), new furniture, for the Municipal Building. Don't you think you could have waited till the state aid picture became clearer?
To the residents of Edgewater Park, as long as this group of committee people continue to run our town, we will continue to experience large tax increases and have to listen to the committee's excuses. Also, be prepared to join with the town our township committee loves to emulate, Willingboro. The EP Committee is doing a good job of following the Willingboro example, of how to mismanage a town.
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