One of the most important responsibilities of an elected official is to steward taxpayer dollars in a responsible way. In New Jersey, that typically requires balancing expensive state mandates with local needs. In my six months on the Chester Township Council - and as liaison to our finance office - I've seen firsthand the diligent, long-term planning that has put our town in a strong financial position, able to sustain the types of unforeseen events that would otherwise trigger very expensive tax increases.
Chester Township's budget
The Chester Township budget for 2018-2019 is $14,121,524, of which $8,669,609 is raised through property taxes. The rest is generated through revenues such as our shared services agreements (Chester Borough pays Chester Township $120,000 for police services, Mendham Township pays Chester Township $30,000 for municipal court services), building and construction permits, cell towers, and other sources.
Separate and apart from the Chester Township budget are the budgets from the Chester School District (42% of your tax bill), the West Morris High School District (24% of your tax bill), and Morris County (12% of your tax bill). The Chester Township budget is 21% of the total tax bill.
Thank you to everyone who attended our January 3rd Chester Township re-organization meeting. It is such an honor to serve and to have been sworn into office by our Morris County Sheriff, James Gannon. I'm truly humbled and, by the looks of it, eager to see how Ella does on the Council, too.
Hope you can join us on Wednesday, January 3rd at 7:00pm at Town Hall (1 Parker Road) for Chester Township's annual reorganization meeting. We'll have Sheriff James Gannon administering the oath of office, and then dive right in to a short agenda. See you there!
We won big last night and have you to thank for it! Meeting so many of our neighbors and talking about the future of our town has taught us so much and deepened our commitment to making Chester Township as great in ten, twenty, and thirty years as it is today.
I'm thrilled with the result, honored by your support, and serious about the work ahead. I also know I can't do any of this alone. I hope you'll stay engaged in the progress of our town by attending Council meetings, volunteering to serve on local boards and committees, and responding to our future calls for support for key initiatives.
Thank you the Observer Tribune for their endorsement! Read below.
In the township, Inganamort is trying for his first run at elected office while Moore has been a longtime school board member.
While he may be new to local politics, Inganamort has an interesting resume of involvement on the national level. He worked for a few years in the office of former Rep. Scott Garrett and helped with President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004. Inganamort also has financial skills that he applies as the managing principal at a Morristown-based firm that develops policy solutions for New Jersey foundations. Locally, Inganamort wants to boost shared services and improve the athletic fields next to the Black River Middle School, both worthy goals.
As an indication of the support he has on the council, Moore was picked to fill the balance of the term created after Matt Cass resigned in the spring. Moore has lived in town since 1980 and has broad experience as chairman of the Planning Board. He also serves on the Board of Adjustment and is a past president of the Chester Board of Education. Owner of a small business, Moore has the experience and savvy to keep costs down.
Inganamort and Moore will be strong additions to the council. We endorse them for election to the Chester Township Council.
It has been raining buckets today, but not enough to stop Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Mike from talking with Chester Township voters at their doors. Once again, we heard from many voters who would like to leave New Jersey on account of the high taxes. Thanks for coming out, enduring the rain, and hearing this important message, Assemblyman!
One of the highlights of this race has been the opportunity to campaign alongside Carlos Rendo, the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor. For Carlos to make a detour in his busy campaign schedule to visit us in Chester was, therefore, especially meaningful.
Carlos and Mike worked together on Senator Marco Rubio's campaign for president, spending time in New Hampshire and Florida in support of the candidate. They later co-hosted a New Jersey fundraiser for Senator Rubio's re-election campaign. Those experiences provided a glimpse of Carlos's tremendous loyalty and determination, which have once again shined this year. We're all in, Carlos!
Check out the below excerpts from the Observer Tribune's coverage of our race. You can also click here for the full article.
Campaigning suits Chester Township Council candidates
Mike Inganamort has more experience working for campaigns than being the focus of one. However, the Chester Township Republican has found that running his own campaign and getting out to talk to voters suits him. [...]
“People enjoy being engaged,’’ Inganamort said. “The first time you ring the doorbell and people look at you in suspicion and think what are you trying to sell me or are you trying to convert me to something. When I tell them I am running for town council, people start to engage. [...] [P]eople find it interesting that...people still go door to door in this age of technology and everything else. I’ve had so many good conversations on people’s doorsteps.’’
Big thanks to everyone who attended last night's Chester Professional Networking Night. The event was even bigger and more productive than our committee anticipated - and there was a lot of enthusiasm to do something like this again in the future.
Observer Tribune: Chester Township meet-and-greet brings business people together
It’s not often a municipality hosts a business networking night but that is what the township did in a meeting at the Barn in Chester on Thursday, Oct. 19. A total of 52 business people engaged in a wide variety of professions attended the township’s first professional networking night to meet, exchange ideas and pursue opportunities for collaboration. The meet and greet was the first event held by the township’s Marketing and Communications Committee. By all accounts it seemed to be a success as attendees met with each other, exchanged business cards and undoubtedly found out that they were neighbors or had some other bond to go along with living or working in Chester. Click here for the full article.
Pumpkins on the front porch are great, but it's just not fall until your lawn is adorned with one of our snazzy yard signs.
Stop by the Chester Library at 6:00pm TONIGHT (Wednesday, October 18th) to pick up one or more signs from this year's Republican ticket. And if you can't make it, just let us know and we'll do our best to drop one off for you.