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Galloway Should be Cautious When Cutting Services

The Democratic Club Chair warns against reductions to Public Works and the Police Department.

To the Editor:

Despite policy differences, Republicans and Democrats generally agree that our government has a duty to its citizens to provide basic services for the community.

As I read that Galloway Township may be laying off about a crew and a half from our already bare-bones Public Works Department and five officers from our already stretched-thin Police Department, I am worried that our municipal government will no longer be in a position to provide basic services to our people.

We are in tough times, and we will all need to tighten our belts to weather this plight; however, our government has a responsibility to the citizens and taxpayers of Galloway. Keeping us safe, plowing streets from snow, and leaf collection are basic functions of local government. At a certain point we have to stop cutting or else we will have nothing left.

Years ago, our township used to have budget surpluses. As our population grew and more land was developed, Galloway's government still provided basic services to our people to lower crime, make our township more business-friendly, and to ensure prompt snow and leaf removal.

We need to cut back, yes, but we still need officers to patrol our township and keep us safe. We still need public works crews to collect leaves and plow snow. We still need Galloway Township government to work for us, not against us. The fact that we are in such a grave fiscal condition despite our rising taxes should give us all great pause.

Mike Suleiman
Arbutus Ave.
Galloway, NJ

Mike Suleiman November 27, 2012 at 04:49 AM
I agree that much of the public works equipment is expensive. This is exactly why county government needs to utilize shared services. The county can buy this equipment at bulk and then municipalities can rent this equipment (snow removal, leaf removal, etc.), which saves both the county and the municipalities money. I look forward to working with Freeholder-elect Bell and Freeholder Chairman Formica to make this a reality and save Galloway taxpayers money.
Mike Suleiman November 27, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Stan: I agree with you that we need to completely evaluate our budget to see where what wasteful spending we can cut. It has been a while since the township has had a complete audit (we have had audits every year but not audits that look very closely at these line-items).
will milby November 27, 2012 at 09:38 AM
i agree with the comment about the leaves. those things are like the tide....they come and go depending on the wind direction. i certainly hope we don't choose to keep leaf pick up while getiting rid of some police officers. i'm sure we have waste in our budget but it's time to look at other options.....i for one will be appealing my property taxes this year as my home is worth over 50,000 less then the assessed value.... i'm sure i am not alone. this will make the budget even harder to balance...
58yearGresident December 03, 2012 at 12:23 PM
What if Galloway Stops Spending the Tax Dollars Before they Collect It? And Why do we have Mansions in Galloway Assessed at mid $500,000. If people looked at all the #'s they may realize that some are way over Assessed and others are WAY WAY Below. I think Galloway has gone over their Cliff long ago.
58yearGresident December 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
58yearGresident 7:23 am on Monday, December 3, 2012 What if Galloway Stops Spending the Tax Dollars Before they Collect It? And Why do we have Mansions in Galloway Assessed at mid $500,000. If people looked at all the #'s they may realize that some are way over Assessed and others are WAY WAY Below. I think Galloway has gone over their Cliff long ago. onlyingalloway

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