Election 2015: Verona’s Biggest Challenge

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I view any challenge we may face as an opportunity to improve, or to continue and grow the good work we have begun. The balance between taxation and the delivery of essential services is, and will always be an ongoing challenge.

No one in a position such as that of a Verona Township Council Member ever wants to raise your taxes, and it’s the easiest thing in the world to simply tell people you are going to lower them. It is quite a different thing to actually do it, and do it without cutting some of your essential services. It just can’t be done. I firmly believe that the vast majority of the residents of Verona, while understanding that taxes are a given fact of life, are satisfied with the quality of life they enjoy, and the services they receive for the taxes they pay here in Verona. I am extremely proud of the fact that of the last 5 town budgets of which I have been a part of, 4 of them represent a 0% percent increase in the property tax levy. This means that we have been able to keep the amount of money to be raised by taxation for the municipality flat 4 of the last 5 years, while actually increases the services we deliver.

This is accomplished by the constant monitoring of our spending practices, recognizing and eliminating even the smallest examples of wasteful spending, continuing to manage our workforce with efficiency and consolidation of duties.

I do not want to raise your taxes! But I also know that it’s very hard to lower them without the cost of losing services. What I can do, and what I will promise is that I will continue to work hard to keep your municipal taxes as low as possible, but without any sacrifice to your quality of life here in Verona, nor any reduction in the services we provide, maintaining that very balance.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].

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  1. Whatever happened to the internal investigation regarding the Verona Police IT Dept. issues? The matter seemed very serious, but I see no follow up or update on progress of the investigation?

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