Haddonfield is a very expensive town to live in, due mostly to the relatively small amount of funding our top-ranked school district receives from the state.
But we pay a lot of money to the county as well—more than $20 million a year. Of every $3 we pay in property taxes, about $1 goes to the county. How much of that comes back to Haddonfield?
The pandemic has resulted in lost revenue to states, cities, and towns across the country, including Haddonfield. What effect has that it had on Borough operations and on vital programs and services?
Opportunities and Solutions
The Board of Commissioners’ most important job is to ensure that the Borough delivers the programs and services our residents and business owners want and need—at a cost the taxpayers can afford and are willing to pay. And to ensure that we get value for money.
We must look for more opportunities to share costs with the county and other municipalities. We must look for more opportunities to secure grants—and enlist the help of local business owners and residents who have expertise in that area. We must look for opportunities to conserve energy and generate energy. (Rather than allow a cell phone tower to be erected at the Public Works facility, perhaps we should explore the potential for a solar energy installation at that location.)
Haddonfield will receive $1.1 million from the federal government’s new stimulus program. Rather than spend it in predictable ways, we should earmark some of that money for innovative programs and services suggested by business owners and residents (our greatest resource), taking advantage of what we have experienced and learned during the pandemic to move our community forward in new and exciting ways.