John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

Issues of Importance to Newtown

Development | Environment | Finances | Good Government | Public Health | Public Safety

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.

Over 300 people have responded to my online survey: Issues of Importance to Newtown Township Residents, which asks respondents to rate the importance of several issues that impact the quality of life in Newtown Township.

Please take a few minutes to tell me YOUR opinion of several issues listed in the survey. The chart shows results as of December 2019.

After you complete the survey, you will be able to see the summary yourself. No comments or other identifying information is included in the summary. You have the option provide your contact information at the end of the survey. Your comments & personal information are confidential and will not be revealed to any 3rd-party. 


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 Definition).

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 chart on this page 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 Definition).

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.


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 Definition & PFAS Definition 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 preservation and acquisition of open space a priority. Some suggestions for doing this include:

  • 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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