As we approach the Fourth of July and remember its importance, the staff of the Minority Report is reflective in its attached letter but also to wish everyone a happy July 4th holiday.
June 29, 2015
Letter to the Residents of West Deptford – EDITORIAL
The Minority Report of West Deptford was created not only to support the efforts of Committeemen Hansen and Maher to voice an objective, open, and transparent approach to all matters in West Deptford, but also to provide a source of information that may not normally reach other media formats but the information may be important to all residents, regardless of any affiliation, so as to ensure each and everyone’s quality of life is maintained in West Deptford.
It is unfortunate that there are those in our community that continually assault any discussion that is contrary to the current ruling majority on our Township Committee and their decision-making, and they immediately label it as negative and non-productive.
That is why, during the course of many posts that the Minority Reporter inserts either on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Minority-Report-of-West-Deptford/304250546451540?ref=hl or on the website http://www.theminorityreportofwestdeptford.com/ information that is supplied for the reader to decide whether what direction or opinion to take after reading the posts.
For those who live their daily lives as responsible and thoughtful individuals and who understand that fiscally sound financial control of our township’s appropriations is not exclusive to any one party affiliation, then the minority report and its staff stand shoulder to shoulder with you.
Remembering the past, the acquisition of debt, and the direct effect on budgetary decisions is not unspeakable. We can’t repeat the past, otherwise West Deptford is doomed to languish in its debt, with a higher tax rate than surrounding communities that are vying for businesses to call home.
Just for a minute, if the annual debt service payment was only half of what West Deptford pays ($10 million). Imagine what could be done with that $5 million? Foremost, a tax reduction, or at least no increase? Improve deteriorating infrastructure, such as sewer lines, and water meters without tax increase or further bonding/adding debt? Recreation, as it is in surrounding communities, is a large part of our community fiber. Rebuild Union Field, not patch-up. Rejuvenate our parks.
West Deptford Township still has greatness to be achieved, but only through sound fiscal, responsible decision-making. The minority report is waiting for bipartisanship from the majority, yet it seems in their majority’s dictionary only bipartisanship from the minority is defined as always agreeing with the majority’s decision. Bipartisanship comes from both sides. For, it is for the betterment of our community. An opposing viewpoint is not negative, yet if one side categorically fails to openly discuss any opposing view then compromise and eventually bipartisanship will not exist.
The Minority Report of West Deptford Editorial Staff