John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Issues of Importance to Newtown

As an elected member of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors, I hope to build upon my experience and success as an HOA board member to improve the quality of life in Newtown.

Advocate for Good Government

We need an open and honest government that works for the good of everyone in the Newtown Township community.

As a Supervisor, I will work hard to develop and implement more effective print and digital media communications that will inform and engage residents and businesses regarding issues before the Board of Supervisors (BOS).

But all this is worthless if the information is not transparent and easy to use.

I will work hard to develop and implement more effective print and digital media communications that will inform and engage residents and businesses regarding issues before the Board of Supervisors.


Practice Fiscal Responsibility

In January 2018, the Newtown Board of Supervisors approved a new budget that included a 0.45 mill tax dedicated to the Newtown Ambulance Squad and a 0.55 mill new tax dedicated to Fire Hydrant Maintenance. These new taxes cannot be spent on anything else.

Even with these new taxes, Newtown Township has one of the lowest property tax millage in the area. The following chart compares the 2018 property tax millage of Newtown to several other local municipalities each of which - like Newtown - has a 1% Earned Income Tax (EIT).

I pledge to keep our taxes among the lowest in the area while providing much needed essential services for our residents and make improvements that will continue to make Newtown a great place to live, work, and worship.


Fight the Opioid Epidemic

I will do whatever it takes to help find solutions to the opioid addiction crisis sweeping across our nation and community.

This includes working with law enforcement, federal, state and county government, as well as the Council Rock School District, to prevent and protect against drug abuse and help our families who are struggling with this on a daily basis. 

Because of my background in the pharmaceutical industry, I know there are some bad companies out there that have been convicted of federal crimes related to the illegal marketing of opioids. Even opioid manufacturers, such as KVK Tech located right here in Newtow, that are not breaking the law, bear some responsibility in the over prescribing of these dangerous drugs.


Protect Our Environment

As someone with graduate degrees in biochemistry from Columbia University and who majored in chemistry at Franklin and Marshall College, I am concerned about chemicals in our environment whether it be contaminants in our water and air or illegal drugs. 

I will be proactive in ensuring our air is clean & our drinking water is free from harmful chemicals due to fracking & PFOA/S contamination.


Preserve Our Open Space

Open SpaceOpen space improves our quality of life, reduces stress on our resources and increases our home values.

The residents of Newtown recognize this and voted in 2008 by a margin of 2 to 1 to expand our open space. Very little has been done to acquire additional open space since 2009.

As a Supervisor, I will make the presevation and acquisition of open space a priority. Some suggestions for doing this include:

  • Reinstate the open space committee of volunteers which was disbanded years ago.
  • Seek out county and state funding and think outside the box to maximize our open space and improve our existing parks, without increasing property taxes.
  • Work with property owners to find creative solutions to preserve space.

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