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Growth, especially in Newtown, has boomed and developers continue to put pressure on the township to approve the construction of more homes, convenience stores and shopping centers. And by “pressure” I mean lawsuits and threats of lawsuits. Remember, lawsuits cost the township time and money. At some point — and that point may be now — there is just not enough space and infrastructure (roads, water and sewer services) for it all.What will Newtown and the other “jointure” municipalities — Wrightstown and Upper Makefield townships — look like in 10 years? How much land will be preserved as open space? How will we protect our water and air from pollution?
I fear that Newtown will become a “Pottersville” (as in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”) in the next ten years unless we have a plan in place that puts the brakes on overdevelopment in Newtown, which has been years in the making.
Over 200 people have responded to my online survey: Issues of Importance to Newtown Township Residents, which asks respondents to rate the importance of several issues impacting the quality of life in Newtown Township.I began this survey in August, 2016, long before I was elected Supervisor in November, 2017. At that time I applied for a vacant position in the hopes that I would be appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Unfortunately they picked someone else who served two years until he lost the election to me in 2017.Now that I am running again for Supervisor, I want to give residents another chance to take this survey and let me know what is important to them to keep Newtown a great place to live, work, and play. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP APPROVED SURVEY. IT IS SOLELY A SURVEY POSTED BY JOHN MACK ACTING AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN. YOU MAY REMAIN ANONYMOUS - YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS NEVER REVEALED WITHOUT YOUR PERMISSION.
Newtown Township continues to spend more than it makes. If you are concerned about the economic health of Newtown Township, you can't afford to miss this meeting!
2018 Audit: It is expected that Edward Furman, a partner at Maillie, LLC, will present a summary of the 2018 audit to the Newtown Board of Supervisors at the October 10, 2019, public meeting.
Newtown Township has one of the lowest real estate tax rate in the region (see chart below). None of those taxes go into the General Fund to pay for things like the police department and the public works department.
Newtown Creek Bridge Proposal: This is likely to be a repeat of the presentation and discussion at the untelevised and sparsely attended September 16, 2019, Work Session of the Board of Supervisors.
The Board of Supervisors will meet on October 10, 2019, at 7 PM in the public meeting room at 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA. The meetings are recorded and can later be viewed via channel 22 on Comcast Xfinity and channel 40 on Verizon FIOS.
At its September 25, 2019, public meeting, the Newtown Board of Supervisors (BOS) approved environmental activist Elen Snyder to fill a vacancy in the township's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC). Voting in favor were Supervisors John Mack, Dennis Fisher, Phil Calabro, and Linda Bobrin. Supervisor Kyle Davis was absent.In her application letter, Ms. Snyder cited her family recycling business in Falls Township, her interest in the future of plastics recycling, and the "Tree Tender" title awarded to her by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society."It's very exciting to be approved as an official member of the EAC," said Elen when she learned of the BOS decision. "My passion is first and foremost the environment and specifically climate change and those things that we can do here in our township that will help our children inherit a planet that is cleaner with a focus on getting rid of single use plastics. Also, eliminating pesticides that poison our watershed."
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