Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. Serving as your Deputy Mayor and Councilmen is an honor and privilege, and a job we take very seriously. We put together this site to share with you our vision and goals for Scotch Plains. Scotch Plains is a great town, with wonderful community organizations, a strong school system, and beautiful neighborhoods. Yet we must work hard to keep up what is good and at the same time move Scotch Plains forward.
As the campaign unfolds, we will be adding a lot more information here about the important issues facing Scotch Plains.
We know residents are concerned with the high property tax burden that exists here as it does throughout New Jersey. This year we were able to pass the lowest municipal tax increase in over a decade. However, your taxes still went up a lot, as the county government and school board raised their tax levies considerably.
We favor shared services as a way to minimize future tax increases. We favor merging the police department with Fanwood’s police department. However, we continue to strongly oppose the “Joint Meeting” proposal made by Mayor Glover and the Democrats last year.
We believe the Library is an important service that needs to be maintained. We restored funding to the Library this year, reversing the cuts made by Mayor Glover and the Democrats in 2013, so that it could go back to being open 7 days a week.
We also believe that there are real opportunities to revitalize our downtown commercial district in a way that will draw more people and business to the area. Ultimately that will spur new development which will in turn create new or larger rateables that expand the tax base, to the benefit of the residential taxpayer. In light of the failure of the downtown SID (Special Improvement District), we have created an ad-hoc subcommittee comprised of knowledgeable commercial developers, planners and attorneys, as well as existing commercial district business owners and representatives of our residential neighborhoods. We look forward to them completing their work and bring policy recommendations to the council.
Scotch Plains is, and must continue to be, a wonderful town in which to raise a family. Attracting new families is what supports our property values, and an excellent school system is paramount. While the schools are the direct responsibility of the elected Board of Education, we seek to work well and closely with them on matters of shared concern, such as pedestrian safety and recreation.
Scotch Plains has seen considerable improvements to our recreation facilities, and appropriate investment in and management of these facilities and programs are quality-of-life issues that we will continue to prioritize.
We hope you will continue to check back here for updates as the campaign unfolds. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We hope we can earn your trust and support to lead Scotch Plains forward in the coming years, and ask for your vote on November 4th, 2014.
Mickey, Bo and Llewellyn