Election a chance to put independent thinker on committee

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 To the editor:

I have lived in Upper Township for almost 60 years. I currently reside in Greenfield. I can truly say that the changes I have witnessed in the past years have changed the township I care about, and that is a shame.

I have decided to run for a seat on Upper Township Committee as an Independent because I believe this is the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family. However, the current leadership has mismanaged township resources and wasted our tax dollars with little regard for the future of this township and our children’s future.

I am asking the people of Upper Township to give me the opportunity to work for them as an elected official not affiliated with any clubs or organizations, but as an independent thinker with no personal agenda other than to help correct problems we all see within the township.

The election of Tony Inserra was the beginning of change in the township. He is someone who is working hard to find and recommend solutions to provide for the township’s services without emptying the pockets of our taxpaying residents and volunteers. Although Tony and I share a common vision for what is right for the taxpayers of Upper Township, we are not “yes men” to each other. We believe in a diverse township committee that represents all residents of Upper. There are issues that we have discussed and agreed to disagree on. For example, we did not see eye to eye on privatizing the rescue squad and had many discussions on the pro’s and con’s, and this matter is no longer on the table. Our purpose is to serve the township and not each other and certainly not a political club.

There are a lot of issues facing the township, including the possibility of a growing local purpose tax, out of control spending, mismanagement of township employees, lack of direction for our volunteer organizations, and major decisions regarding trash collection, undersized lots and affordable housing.

I believe there is a way to restore Upper Township to the way it was in better days.

I have served the township for over 40 years since graduating from Ocean City in 1971. I have been a volunteer to our youth programs as a coach and mentor to all our children. I coached youth football for 25 seasons, stepping down in 1996. I have also coached Little League, Babe Ruth, basketball, girls soccer, softball and girls basketball. I was an original part of our recreation programs and worked hard to see them become one of the best in the state.

I currently have a men’s amateur semi-pro football team that plays in the township. There have been implications that I have a self interest in our recreation because of the team. This team was started to give our older youth and young men a safe, structured sport to compete in after high school. My interest, as it always has been, is for our children and not financial gain.

I worked for the township for eight years as the zoning/code official, gaining insight and experience in our local government, land use, property maintenance, as well as Master Plans and ordinances. I also served in the same capacity in Ocean City, Dennis Township and Somers Point for 13 years. Currently, I am a member of the Upper Township Zoning Board and in the past held certifications in zoning, planning and construction.

The November election will have great implications for the nation and Upper Township. Please let the current administration know that the taxpayers of Upper Township want diversity and change and will no longer tolerate an expanding local purpose tax and expanding budgets. It is time to return our township to a place of fiscal security where all the residents are equally served.

We are asking all residents of the township, whether you are an Independent, Republican or Democrat, to join us at the polls on Nov. 6 so that we may begin the work of addressing issues that concern us now and in the future.

Hobie Young

Greenfield


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