What keeps me up at night? Read more about the issues here.
It's no secret. One of the reasons you live in Bedminster is for those deliciously low taxes. The Bedminster Township Committee manages the municipal line item on your annual tax bill, which comprises about 20% of your total real estate taxes.
The Township Committee's approach to creating the annual budget is simple - taxes are your money, and not ours to waste! That means eliminating unnecessary expenditures, identifying efficiencies, realizing costs savings opportunities through shared service arrangements, and prioritizing capital investments that provide residents the biggest bang for the buck. It's never easy and necessitates some tough choices, but in the end we live by the credo that low taxes are Job #1 in Bedminster.
What's the bottom line? The average local tax bill1 in Bedminster, based on 2020 assessments, increased by only $5.45 versus 2019. Last year, Bedminster was recognized by nj.com as having the lowest taxes in all of Somerset County. Running the township like a business allows us to always put taxpayers first.
1Local taxes are comprised of municipal taxes, local open space tax and library tax, but do not include county, county open space or school taxes.(Read More)
It's no surprise this is an issue - it's the central theme of my campaign.
Having worked for and sold to companies in the Fortune 50, and later in my career opting to be on the ground floor of several start-ups, there's one thing I've noticed that companies both large and small often forget. Their customers.
Similarly, all too often government forgets who their customers are - you, the people. But we are fortunate here in Bedminster that our local elected officials hold themselves accountable only to the residents, as opposed to Trenton or a party boss.
We, as elected officials, should be responsive and accountable to our residents, and advocate on their behalf in situations where a single voice is insufficient, and the swing weight of government is required. That requires listening to our residents, their issues and concerns, and then acting where we have legal and legislative authority.
Making government work for you is my passion. Listening to your concerns - in person, on Facebook, via Nextdoor - and then figuring out how I can best address those needs is my promise to you.
We have all just experienced a spring and summer like no one could have ever imagined. The economic impact to residents and businesses has been profound, and a full recovery will take some time.
Our residents are suffering. Some have lost work, while others are grieving the loss of family and friends. Keeping taxes low, extending taxpayer grace periods, and helping our community heal is paramount.
At the same time, our local businesses have been decimated. No business owner could have anticipated completely shuttering their establishments for months on end.
The local tax burden is shared by residents and businesses alike. A healthy local economy helps ease the load shouldered by our residents.