Mayor Paul Medany’s Monthly Message - January 2018
Happy New Year 2018! A year with endless possibilities. Nationally our Country is going thru challenging times. Here in New Jersey we start the year with our first new Governor in eight years while Deptford Township Council is continuing our year round work improving our community.
We thank all of our volunteers from the boards to committees, the volunteer coaches who head our recreation leagues, our volunteer fireman and so many others.
Over the years we have provided breakdowns of how your tax dollars are divided up between the school, county and fire district, this is important because now we want to tell you how we are building and maintaining our community with our portion of your tax bill.
Public safety is paramount to a good community. Deptford Police Chief and Officers have evolved in to one of the finest police forces in the region. Our neighborhoods and business districts are safe and secure because we pride ourselves on incident prevention as opposed to reacting to criminal activity. Public works in Deptford provides first class services such as trash pickup, leaf removal, snow plowing, recycling, park maintenance, road repairs and the list goes on and on. We work six days a week keeping Deptford parks, neighborhoods, buildings and equipment clean and safe.
You can visibly see the improvements around town. Here are some examples of our improvements: Splash pad, state of the art playground at Fasola Park, brand new First Flight Park memorial playground in Almonesson, the Finest Veterans Memorial Park in the Region in Oak Valley, our very own municipal farm and the American History Museum located at the farm. We have repaved and replaced sewer and water mains in every section of town. Public works received new equipment such as leaf machines, dump trucks and pothole repair machines to maintain our roadways. Our town has open space areas for canoeing and kayaking and the best youth recreation complexes.
We do all of this with one of the lowest overall property tax bills in the County. Over the years, we lowered our municipal debt; we just received an upgrade to a super bond rating of AA+. Our town has one of the largest municipal fund balances, excellent audits and in recent years have had no local municipal property tax increase.
As you can see this administration and Council continue working hard every day to keep our community the best it has ever been. Our goal is for our residents to love where they live and can work. Our enthusiasm and optimism never waver. Together we will continue to keep our community unsurpassed in livability.
Here is wishing you and your family a safe and healthy New Year. We hope to see you soon at one of our events or around town!