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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

Phil Erickson November 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM
While I would certainly agree with your point about police and snow removal because they involve public safety, I do not see where it is the governments job to collect our leaves. Don't misunderstand, I appreciate greatly the fact that Galloway performs this service for the community; it sure makes my life easier. However, I do not consider leaf collection a basic duty of government.
58yearGresident November 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Galloway Obviously did when theyPurchased 6 more 30 Yard Leaf Vaccumes. But they also spent was it $800,000. for a overpriced block building to spend $ 400,000. + more to remove Asbestos and Renovations and a poor excuse for a parking lot Asphalt job for a SENIOR SERVICES Building which we didn't need and then they complained about the Electric Bills and then Layed off all the Senior Services Employees and then CLOSED the Expensively Stupid Project . Or what about the $175,000. Lean 2 for a few salt spreaders to just have a cover to keep a couple salt trucks dry til needed, which Secretly changed into a $1.2 Million Garage which has built for the Private Garage Contractor A.S.S. (All Star Services) to use 70% of the bldg. Or lets go to the amount of employees that have been injured in the last 4 years due to Manpower Cutbacks, Poor Management, Pressure on remaining employees fighting for their Jobs, Lawsuits from those Injuries, Some injuries from poorly maintained and Bandaid repairs done by Galloway Township and their Prostitute initialed A.S.S. ( sounds like the Quietly slinking away BONANI Gang. Yes, i grind my leaves with my mower and put them around the property as mulch. But who started all this? and Why does it allways Stop with the Little Guy on Unemployment while the Culprits are Lounging for Example "IN FLORIDA". But What Do I Know?!?!?!
Stan Walker November 26, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Here's the link to the budget: http://www.gallowaytwp-nj.gov/departments/finance/Financial_Reports/2012AdoptedBdgt.pdf You can make your own judgement regarding what constitutes "basic services." I found it interesting how many times the words "Other Expenses" appear as line item descriptions. I'd like to see an overall combined school / township budget review in order to improve the "basic services" offer as well as what is truly necessary.
Ron Schreiber November 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
"Other Expenses" politically means fill empty pockets . or take the money and run ..
Harold November 27, 2012 at 12:09 AM
That's what happens, when everybody appeals their taxes every year. They all want their service's to remain intact though. That can't happen. The local government, is bound by contract's, and if they can't afford to pay, well then staff is reduced. So if you want your services to remain good, stop appealing your tax bill year in and year out.
onlyingalloway November 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Mike Sulemin - gotta love the political bs
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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