If elected, I will consider my term in office as a public service to the citizens of New Providence in the spirit of our first representatives. I PLEDGE TO WAIVE my right to the annual stipend paid to all council members. The stipend in 2011 was $7,500. And, if this is considered a required compensation, then it is my intent to donate said dollars to The Wounded Warrior Project of which my family supports.
If elected, I PLEDGE TO WAIVE participation in any State pension or retirement plan. I DO NOT SUPPORT defined benefit plans with automatic cost of living increases. This type of pension requires on-going commitment from the employer and I believe that an employer pays me for my service while I am employed and does not owe me a living once I have separated my employment. It is my responsibility to provide for my future, not my employers. I DO SUPPORT defined cost pension plans, such as 401K plans; and when offered, I DO participate. While the State does offer a defined cost plan, it is my position NOT to participate.
If elected, I WILL promote the concept of local municipality consolidation. I DO NOT believe in a big, central government, but I also DO NOT believe in redundant governments. Did you know that there are more than 622 local governments in the State of New Jersey? We have tried many methods to reduce our property tax burden except for reducing the size of the government our taxes support.
If elected, I PLEDGE TO endeavor to create citizen action committees and charge them with the responsibilities of taking an active part in the care of our community. I know we have the expertise among our citizens to creatively address and resolve many of our issues. Making improvements to our playgrounds and fields is just one that comes to mind. I believe that citizens need to be actively involved in their communities and that it is the role of government to facilitate the efforts of the citizens.
Please visit my website: victor4council.org