As West Chester Trustee, I will stand for fiscal responsibility, don’t spend money we don’t have and keep money in the hands of our businesses and residents. I will stay focused on what makes our Township great – quality road maintenance and a strong police and fire department.
Currently, West Chester has 21% of its and left to develop. As the next West Chester Trustee, I will be a good steward of that land – working to make sure that the development balances quality of life for current residents and developers. We must make sure that our police and fire department is well funded when we add more development.
West Chester was named one of the best places to live in America six times. There are many factors to our success. Our low crime rate is an important part. Another part was our strong economic standing. West Chester currently has $2 billion in assessed real estate value which is the second highest in the Tri-State after Cincinnati. We are also the second highest job creator behind Cincinnati with a 1.7% unemployment rate. We are proud to support our 3600 businesses in the Township. West Chester also has a AAA+ bond rating which gives us the option to build at a low borrowing rate.
West Chester Township is on the cutting edge when it comes to government transparency. The Township recently released the Community Checkbook called OpenGov – a platform that will give citizens the right to search sending and how the dollars in our Township is spent. This expectation of government transparency is important to including citizens included in being a watchdog of the Township.
Budget and Fiscal Responsibility
Government spending is a very important aspect of the job of a Trustee. Spending should include a focus on keeping our road and infrastructure in good shape, fully funding our police and fire departments and caring for our parks and cemetery. Currently, our budget has carryover in all categories:
General Fund – $10.1 Million Carryover
Police – $11.3 Million Carryover (Almost $32M and 69% budget)
Fire – $15.2 Million Carryover
Roads – $2.5 Million Carryover
Fiscal responsibly, making sure the money spent in our Township is focused on the budgetary items within the purview of the Township is pivotal.