Letter to the Editor: Questioning Fiscal Discipline in Hopewell Township

To the Editor of MercerMe:

Mayor Sandom and her 2014 Tax Increase of 7%. Mayor Sandom and her 2014 tax increase of 7%. Mayor Sandom and her 2013 tax increase of 5.3%.

Why is it so hard for some “residents” to remember those simple facts? Oh, wait, those residents are us-versus-them, our party do-or-die, dyed-in-the-wool township Democrat leaders.

Mayor Kuchinsky and his 2017 emergency fund grab of 34%.

Again, the expected group makes the expected distortions along with the expected mean-spirited attack in the expected letter to the editor (Residents offer support of Hopewell Township budget).

These are not just “residents,” but the Democrats’ campaign manager for the last 3 election cycles; Democrat municipal county committee members, both current and former; as well as other committed township Democrats.

Who else would call raiding our rainy day fund “fiscal discipline?” Who else would call an almost 2% tax increase “lower taxes?”

In the future, when we need the $4 million in our emergency fund that Mayor Kuchinsky and his team are spending on a close to 6% spending increase, which is over 2 times the rate of inflation, we will look back on this risky budget and wonder how a small group of political partisans got away with it.

Harvey Lester

Hopewell Township

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  1. Hopewell Township needs more INDEPENDENT (no political party affiliation) RESIDENTS who take more of an interest in SOLVING problems instead of arguing from positions of OPPOSITION and RESISTANCE (like we see in our Federal Government)! I’ve lived in Hopewell Township since 1968 and it’s been the same comments from each Political Party with an occasional coming together. It shows politicians caring more for their staunch Party positions than for the People who pay the bills!
    Today on C-Span we have each Political Party speaking on the new AHA American Healthcare Act and without knowing the Congressperson’s Party, one can tell if he/she is part of the RESISTANCE or part of the SOLUTION. Nothing is perfect; the ACA Obamacare was not perfect and neither will the AHA be perfect. I only wish they would WORK together for the best they can produce together, instead of fighting each other. I hope for the same in Hopewell Township.

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