During this evening's Budget Meeting the Township Committee agreed to vote next week on a resolution to hire an outside accounting firm to perform an "operational review" the WTBOE and/or WMRHSD school budgets should they fail on April 20th. As Vice Mayor Howard Popper explained, this would not be a forensic analysis, but instead a comparison of our school(s) budgets against similar districts with demographics similar to ours. According to current WTBOE member Pete Graziano, the County already does this in their mandatory review. While the Committee’s political intention qualifies as a cowardly act, it is especially egregious under the current circumstances as we currently have 3 former WTBOE members serving on the Committee. You would think with all their "prior BOE experience", they could save taxpayers the $12K the Committee plans to pay outsiders who essentially would repeat what the county has already done for free. Now that the "cat is out the bag", Howard should warn the accounting firm it's only a matter of time before John Krickus hits them up for a campaign contribution!
In 2005, I became the first non-Republican to win a seat on the Washington Township Committee since 1978. My decision to enter politics was solely driven by 2005's infamous 11% municipal tax increase imposed by an all Republican committee. Over the next three years, my efforts as Finance Liaison drove municipal tax growth below 3%. As you can see from the chart above, it didn't take the Republicans long to screw up a good thing. In fact, it seems my efforts were so successful the GOP recently abolished the position of Finance Liaison to avoid comparisons to my record.
In late 2007, I joined the Morris County for Obama grassroots organization as its Co-Chair and made the decision to affiliate with the Democrat Party and run on the Democrat ticket in the 2008 Primary and General Elections. As many predicted, running as a Democrat in “Republican dominated” Washington Township didn’t advance my political career. While Obama’s overall electoral fate did not rest in the hands of township voters, mine obviously did.
Nevertheless, I am proud to have served as the local “anchor” man on the President's ticket and have no regrets whatsoever.