BREAKING NEWS — Huge re-election victory for Mayor Rich Smith ; this marks the 7th election win in a row for the Montgomery GOP team! Our planning for 2015 has already begun. Thanks to our supporters for helping keep our community on the right track.
We are committed to ensuring that elected government in Montgomery stays true to fiscal conservative principles. Our vision of “Better, Smarter, Government” has been very successful as we constantly find new and creative ways to do more with less!
Freeholder Mark Caliguire, Mayor Rich Smith, Deputy Mayor Chris Sugden, and Township Committee Members Ed Trzaska, Patricia Graham, and Christine Madrid would like to invite you to be a part of the team that is keeping the Township moving in the right direction.
Over the past few years, Montgomery has been a leader in responsible governance. We recently received a PERFECT SCORE from NJ’s Best Practices for Local Governments program. Governor Christie initiated this program a several years ago, which evaluates every town on a common set of metrics. Only 4% of the 565 NJ municipalities earned a perfect score, Montgomery was one of them. Also, we have held spending to below 2005 levels and reduced headcount by 25% without impacting core services (public health and safety). And we did all of this while cutting township debt by $25 million (or 45%). Now that is a record of success!
We are committed to expanding ways for residents to participate in local discussions and debates. Our Open Government Initiative has been a key focus. In 2012, we initiated our new innovative online recording/streaming service to make township meeting more accessible to the public than ever before. And earlier this year, meetings also started being televised on Comcast!
And we remain dedicated to protecting Montgomery’s rural character. Almost 35% of the town is preserved, including the deal we finalized with Somerset County to create Skillman Park – a 247-acres passive-use oasis in the heart of town. In total, over 350 acres of new open space has been created in recent years and there’s more to come!
Mayor Smith’s Speech from the annual Reorganization meeting - CLICK HERE
UPDATE on the 2014 “Meet the Mayor” Town Hall Series:
Big thanks to the hundreds of residents and local business leaders for attending this year’s “Meet the Mayor” series of town hall meetings. This is a critical annual initiative to stay connected with our wonderful community. Thanks to our host organizations:
Montgomery Business Association
And the countless other groups that invited Mayor Rich Smith or other Township Committee members to share time with them! And there is still time, just contact us to set-up your own meeting.
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