In tough economic times, when people are up against it, elected officials have a moral obligation to be careful stewards of the taxpayers’ money. Last spring, Councilmen John M. Rehrig and Steven J. Zimmerman were given the opportunity to save the residents of Orwigsburg $250 per year on their water bill and spare them the additional burden of increased school property taxes from Blue Mountain School District. They chose to keep taking more from the citizens of Orwigsburg, while the rest of us struggled to pay our bills, keep oil in our tanks, and gas in our cars.
I believe that it is high time for government to tighten its belt right alongside its citizens. Many of us are tired of shelling out the equivalent of a mortgage payment to the borough each quarter, while council is purchasing $2000 bicycles for the police department that never get ridden.
As YOUR councilman, I pledge to immediately act to allow you to keep more of your own paycheck each month by approving the sale of the water and sewer system to Schuylkill County Municipal Authority. Furthermore, I will work hand in hand with other fiscally responsible members of council to make the business of government more efficient and cost-effective.
Government functions to serve the poeple. Right now, the people of Orwigsburg and their paychecks are serving the needs of a bloated and ineffective municipal government. I seek to change that, but can only do so with your vote.
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