Committee has taken positive actions

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 To the editor:

How many positive actions has township committee taken over the past several years? The list goes on and on but I’ll name just a few of them here.

Let’s start with taking on the state and winning when it wanted to cut our Gross Receipts revenue – the money we receive for hosting the BL England power plant – when no other community wanted it. That is the same money that kept us from paying a local purpose tax for 40-plus years. Township committee fought hard to keep this funding in place for us.

The township’s expenditures have decreased the last two years running. So the township is spending less but is still providing high quality services.

Shared services not only save money, but bring in revenue as well. Our Upper Township public works department built a truck wash which other communities, even outside of Cape May County, pay to use. They also assist the schools with field maintenance and snow plowing and maintain the municipal building. Speaking of snow, Upper Township had the clearest roads in two counties before some other towns have even started their engines.

Our township is also paid to repair some of the county’s heavy motor fleet. Our court brings in $100,000 for servicing Corbin City and Dennis Township. By changing insurance carriers the township saved over $200,000 in premiums.

I prefer moving forward with the progressive, conservative approach that township committee has brought us thus far. I will be voting for the Column 1 Republican team of Richard Palombo and Ed Barr on Election Day.

Theresa Van Osten


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