Freeholders elect Kirstein and Fiocchi joined sitting freeholder Sheppard in speaking out against Lou Magazzu’s plan to thwart good and decent government.
Now that the election is over, and before the voter’s choices are seated in about a month, Cumberland County Democrats are moving forward on the veterans chapel in spite of the clear mandate from the voters for more fiscal responsibility.
One of the clear issues of this past year’s campaign for the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders was the issue of the building of the veterans chapel. While there was no dispute on the ideal of supporting and honoring the men and women who serve our country, this chapel became a symbol of what is wrong with the free-spending Democrats in charge of our county government.
Both freeholder-elects, Sam Fiocchi and Carl Kirstein, were publicly opposed to spending taxpayer money on a project such as this at the time when our county budget is in turmoil and the county is laying off 30-plus employees. The election-day ploy was to delay a vote on this project under the guise that some private enterprise was going to pay for it, when everyone knew that this was a smokescreen.
Now that voters have essentially killed this project by electing fiscal conservatives to the board,county Democrats are hoping to cram this$500,000 project through on Wednesday night, the day before Thanksgiving. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at the county Administration Building, a time and place unfamiliar to those who may want to attend, in the hope that the voters will be too distracted with their holiday plans to attend. They also hope that voters’ memories will fade before next November.
County voters also should be aware that this is not just $500,000 today. They have already spent $67,000 to design and redesign this project, which now will have to be redesigned again at additional taxpayer cost. Moreover, the upkeep and maintenance on a building that is now not going to be occupied is the unseen cost for generations to come.
We want voters to take a minute out of their busy holiday schedules to take note of how your taxes are being spent, and we want voters to file in their memories until next November when 30 years of Democratic control of the freeholder board can be given back to those who value the public’s opinions and votes.
Freeholder Tom Sheppard
Magazzu Watch is not a lone voice in the wilderness anymore. We have friends that will soon sit on the freeholder board, maintaining a watchful eye on Lou Magazzu and his merry band of losers. Hopefully the two intelligent Democrats on the board, Dunkins and Whelan, will grow a set of cojones, and do the right thing tomorrow evening. Nelson and Pepitone are lame duck, and I am sure can be expected to vote the way Lou tells them to. I can’t imagine either one having an original idea in their heads.