America’s founder, Benjamin Franklin, warned us that “there is nothing certain in this life but death and taxes.” And taxes always seem to go up.

But not in the town of Hopewell.

Thanks to strong budget discipline and smart financial management, the municipal share of our local property taxes in the City of Hopewell actually decreased this year. This is the first drop in 15 years, and we can expect more cuts in the coming years.

This was not a random event. Careful fact-gathering, rigorous analysis, and innovative use of state law provisions resulted in sound decisions. Hopewell Township will continue to provide a full range of police protection, public works and other services and fund our fair share of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District. But homeowners’ tax bills will be lower.

Who made it work for the taxpayers of the City of Hopewell? Hopewell Township Mayor Courtney Peters-Manning, Township Committee members David Chait, Kevin Kuczynski, Michael Ruger and Uma Purandar.

Courtney Peters-Manning and David Chait are running for seats on the Hopewell Town Committee this year. Voters can vote in advance by mail or at early voting and regular polling stations on November 8. Courtney and David have demonstrated leadership that benefits our entire community, and they deserve our votes.

Bill Stallow

Hopewell Township

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