In the past, as a Committeewoman, DiCarlo was very critical on the increase in fees for the summer rec program. Just over one year ago, in July, 2014, she claimed that the summer rec program should be available to all. “DiCarlo said that, five years ago, the summer recreation program had been free for all township youths, adding that she would a support a return to such a system.”
Even Committeeman Reid, who championed the benefit of the program and was also critical in its past operation, as evident in his campaign info last year: ” Last summer, after raising rates, the recreation program profited thousands of dollars. How did the majority respond this summer? By raising the rates again and shortening the program. It pains me to see the recreation program turned into a money grab at the expense of hardworking families. Growing up in West Deptford, I benefited greatly from prior administration’s commitment to recreation. And while working as a counselor at rec, I saw firsthand the positive impact the program can have on our community’s youth. I want the residents to know that our children are my top priority”
Keep in mind that Committeeman Reid oversaw the program and other recreation programs, since he is the township’s designated chairperson of the Department of Public Works and Recreation.
Wasn’t the 2015 program shortened, under his direction, contrary to his complaint last year?
Let’s review how the program was run this year.
Last year, the SIX (6) week program cost $300 per person to participate, i.e. $50/wk. This year, the program ran for only FIVE (5) weeks at $300 person, i.e. $60/wk. Less rec time and cost more per week.
Second point was the number of children participating. Last year,
over 207 participated. This year, according to the Township’s Fun Day Newsletter mailed out and online (http://www.westdeptford.com/autopdf/Fun%20Day%202016.pdf ) 160 children participated in 2015.
So, despite the Mayor’s criticism, as well Committeeman Reid’s of the summer rec program in previous 3 years, this year, 2015, under her control, in comparison to 2014, the per week cost increased 20% while the attendance declined 23%.
So far, Mayor DiCarlo’s criticism of past 3 years is ringing empty due to her current course of action, with the summer rec program and many other township matters. So, maybe that is the REAL TRUTH of how DiCarlo/Reid/Mehaffey run our government.
YOU DECIDE !