Bachelor Degree Accounting
Married 25 years with 4 Children
16 years as Treasurer for City of Laingsburg
16 years in local government
4 years as elected Clerk
I have 16 years of experience as a municipal treasurer. I am trained on the same software the Township uses. I have been working in the Township office for 4 years as Clerk. I am experienced in budgeting, planning, grant writing and capital improvement planning for Roads, Parks and Facilities.
No. I do support renewing the current road millage that the township residents previously approved. Township officials have been putting that road millage to good use on road improvements. In addition to the millage the township has been using general fund dollars to improve and maintain roads. As a result the township roads are in good shape. I believe that the current road millage supplemented by general funds dollars is sufficient to maintain and improve township roads without increasing taxes.
Yes. I am comfortable with the structure and scope of local government. I actually believe that officials at the local government level are able to take actions that make a difference in the township and for the residents of the township.
As far as township government I think that it is difficult that all of the positions are up for election at the same time. If the entire board were to change out and there was no experience left on the board it would leave to township vulnerable. My hope is that in the future the staff in the office would be long term employees that remain in place regardless of elections, this will help the township maintain experience and knowledge that is imperative to assisting residents.
Office Staffing - maintaining experienced, well informed staff with regular hours to assist residents on a regular basis. Budgeting the necessary funds to assure that is accomplished.
Roads - maintaining the road millage with continued general fund dollars and an up to date capital improvement plan for road maintenance and improvements.
Emergency Services - continue to foster the new relationship with LSW Emergency Services Authority to provide the township residents with improved fire and rescue protection.
No - the county tax revenue and state aid have declined as well. The township needs to be able to determine what is most important to the health, safety and welfare of its residents and find ways to budget appropriately to be able to provide the required and desired services.
At this point we are able to continue to provide all the services listed above without raising taxes. If the time came when we had to make choices we would have to review our survey data and try to provide for our residents based on their responses to the best of our ability.