Letter to the Editor: McMillan chair candidate addresses town residents
My name is Debbie Derfus, and I am a candidate for chair to the town of McMillan Board of Supervisorsin the upcoming April election. I am asking for your support.
I have a decade of service to the citizens of the town of McMillan as a Town Board Supervisor, Municipal Clerk, Supervisor for Buildings & Grounds, Committee Chair, and Event Organizer. I’ve lived in this beautiful town for the majority of my adult life and raised my family here. I am a respected business owner and advocate for the community.
I am active in attending Town Board Meetings as well as Budget Hearings and Annual Town Meetings. The Budget Hearings and Annual Meetings are our opportunity to be heard, to vote on specific proposals the Town governance presents, and to communicate our concerns or accoladesto those who make the decisions.
During the town of McMillan’s Budget Hearing, the Town presented their proposed tax levy and budget for 2019. I made a motion to reduce the Town’s tax levy by $165,000, which in turn reduces the budget. The motion to reduce the levy passed by a majority vote of constituents present. Not long after, a second budget hearing was called by the Town to reconsider the motion. The do-over failed and the levy reduction I originally proposed remained.This reduction lowered the tax bill of every taxpayer in the township.
This motion was not made lightly. As a former member of the governing board, I understand the importance of balancing budgets while providing the best services to the community.I reviewed all the documentation provided for the budget and found areas of discrepancy as well as a lack of transparency in the sharing of information.
I believe all our elected officials must represent responsible governance, be accountablefor their actions, and create an environment for positive experiences for the citizens. I want to see these characteristics in our town government and feel I can be the catalyst for implementing positive changes.
I am asking for your vote in the Spring Election on April 2.