Two Fairview Township supervisors running for re-election in 2011 are being challenged by a third candidate.
Chris Allen is the challenger; John Mickle III and Mario Pirritano are seeking another six-year term on the board.
All three candidates are Republicans, meaning the election could be determined in the primary if no write-in or minor party candidates surface.
Chris Allen (R)
John W. Mickle III (R)
Address: 499 Lewisberry Rd., New Cumberland
Family: Wife, Barbara; children, Cherice, Gina, Robert, Daniel
Occupation: Self-employed/owner of Acme Trailer Works Inc. & Acme Car Co.
Education: High school graduate
Mario Pirritano (R)
Address: Forest Drive, Camp Hill
Family: Wife, Beverley; two sons, Mark and Chris
Occupation: Retired (Deputy Secretary - PennDOT)
Education: Mansfield University
1. If you could make one change to improve the quality of life for residents in Fairview Township, what change would you make? Explain your choice.
2. What will your other priorities be if elected as a township supervisor? Explain why those are your priorities.
3. Fairview Township has a tax rate of 1.6 mills. How would you rate the township's job of controlling costs and its tax rate?
4. Fairview Township relies on its own police department for police protection. How do you feel about the protection provided by the department? Is the township getting its money's worth? Do you foresee the need for changes?
5. Why did you decide to run for township supervisor? Why should people support your candidacy for township supervisor?
John W. Mickle III (R)
1. Given the complexities which face all local governments, I do not believe there is "one change" which would make a major change in the quality of life of a township resident.
2. To continue the fiscal responsibility with which the township has operated. To also be flexible in dealing with the future issues, in order to best serve all township residents.
3. The tax rate of 1.6 mills is a total of three rates -- 1.368 for general fund, 0.116 mills each specifically designated for fire, and ambulance services. The township has done a good job of controlling costs. There has been no tax increase, despite lowered revenues, and increasing operational costs. This has been done with no lessening of services.
4. Residents are getting their money's worth. Our police department is doing a good job, with less officers per population, or square miles of coverage than many other municipalities in the state. Our chief is retiring in the spring of 2012, and the union contract expires at the end of 2011, so there will be some changes. Properly dealt with, neither will have a significant impact on residents.
5. I am running because I believe in civic duty. I was a member of the planning commission for eight years, and am now completing my second term as supervisor, (12 years). I believe that working with my current fellow supervisors, I will be able to continue to be a positive influence for the residents. I believe residents should support me because my duties as supervisor always have been, and always will be, the well being of all township residents.
Mario Pirritano (R)
1. The township recently completed a comprehensive plan and now must update its zoning ordinances. As a member of both planning committees, my focus has been on smart-growth principles, such as: preserving open space, farmland, natural beauty and critical environmental areas, creating walkable neighborhoods, as well as creating a range of opportunities and choices for individuals and developers.
2. Many years ago a previous board approved and issued a bond for a sewer facility, which grossly overestimated the number of users. As a result, residents (rate payers) are encumbered with paying off the long-term cost. Therefore, to avoid such a circumstance again, the township will require new development to design, permit, finance and construct at their total cost, wastewater facilities needed to serve their development. No longer will the rate payers or the township be responsible for this long-term cost.
3. During this severe economic recession, the township has not raised taxes for nearly five consecutive years. For every dollar paid in property taxes, in 2011, 66 cents goes to the school district, 24 cents to the county and only 10 cents to township services. Of the 10 cents, 8 cents is earmarked for the general fund, 1 cent to Emergency Medical Services, and 1 cent for fire services. For the 2011 budget year, all employees have agreed to a pay freeze. Every prudent effort has been and will be made to lessen the burden on taxpayers.
4. Our local police officers provide an invaluable service and risk their lives every day to keep the township safe. They are very professional and the department is accredited through the PA Chief of Police Association. They keep residents safe and crime to a minimum and provide a host of community-based services. During this period of economic recession, the department was asked to waive their negotiated raises and they agreed. As we go forward, I envision a balance between traffic enforcement and "community policing." The latter, being that officers continue making it a point to interact with residents to build trust and solid relationships.
5. I believe my career experience with nearly every facet of public life and government brings a background and knowledge to make wise and prudent decisions as they relate to the taxpayer and township activities. I trust that the voters will be supportive, as I share their values and principles in sound local government and preserving the quality of life in Fairview Township.