To the Editor:
Like all New Jersey towns, West Deptford has been hard hit by the recession. Jobs have been lost, private development has been put on hold and Sunoco has shut down the local refinery.
On top of all this, the new Republican majority rammed through settlements of the El Paso-Sunoco tax appeals, which added nearly $33 million in new debt.
Despite these setbacks, Standard and Poor’s recently gave West Deptford an A-/Stable debt rating, the same as last year, even after the township took on the $33 million to settle the refinery tax appeals. The reason for this good rating: West Deptford Energy power plant is now a reality, under construction, and will pay West Deptford $107 million in taxes over the next 20 years.
West Deptford and Gloucester County are better off than most of New Jersey and West Deptford still has the sixth-lowest tax rate in Gloucester County. The services provided by the township are second to none, and South Jersey Magazine has once again named West Deptford as a “Top Ten” community.
West Deptford is weathering the economic storm better than other towns because of the solid foundation built over the last 30 years by Democrat leadership.
Playing an old political game, the Republicans would like to take credit for everything good in West Deptford, despite being in control for only nine months.
West Deptford’s solid foundation and great reputation was not built in the last nine months under Republican control of our township.
Denice DiCarlo understands that it was not. DiCarlo wants to build on our community’s solid foundation, not tear it down. Negative politics won’t make the future better for West Deptford families. Let’s focus on a positive future for West Deptford by electing Denice DiCarlo to Township Committee.
James M. Hink
West Deptford Township
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