Issues of Importance to Newtown Area Residents
As an elected member of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors, I build upon my experience and success as an HOA board member to improve the quality of life in Newtown.
Over 300 people have responded to my Issues of Importance to Newtown Township Residents Survey, which asked respondents to rate the importance of several issues that impact the quality of life in Newtown Township. [Link to survey results]
Advocate for Good Government
We need an open and honest government that works for the good of everyone in the Newtown Township community.
As a Supervisor, I work hard to develop and implement more effective digital media communications that inform and engage residents and businesses regarding issues before the Board of Supervisors (BOS Definition).
Practice Fiscal Responsibility
Even with new taxes, Newtown Township has one of the lowest property tax millage in the area. The chart on this page compares the 2018 property tax millage of Newtown to several other local municipalities each of which - like Newtown - has a 1% Earned Income Tax (EIT Definition).
I pledge to keep our taxes among the lowest in the area while providing much needed essential services for our residents and make improvements that will continue to make Newtown a great place to live, work, and worship.
Protect Our Environment
As someone with graduate degrees in biochemistry from Columbia University and who majored in chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College, I am concerned about chemicals in our environment whether it be contaminants in our water and air or illegal drugs.
Preserve Our Open Space
Open space improves our quality of life, reduces stress on our resources and increases our home values.
The residents of Newtown recognize this and voted in 2008 by a margin of 2 to 1 to expand our open space. Very little has been done to acquire additional open space since 2009.
As a Supervisor, I strive to make the preservation and acquisition of open space a priority. Some suggestions for doing this include:
- Seek out county and state funding and think outside the box to maximize our open space and improve our existing parks, without increasing property taxes.
- Work with property owners to find creative solutions to preserve space.