John Mack - Newtown Supervisor

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THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP APPROVED SURVEYS. THEY ARE HOSTED BY JOHN MACK ACTING AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN. RESULTS, HOWEVER, WILL HELP FORM MR. MACK'S POSITION ON ISSUES.


If you have just finished taking a survey, THANK YOU!

 

Important Notice

I inform my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors (BOS) of my survey results*, but the best way of making YOUR opinions count is to contact members of the BOS directly via email (or snail mail to 100 Municipal Drive, Newtown, PA 18940). Here are the official email addresses of BOS members:

*Some BOS members do not agree that resident surveys should play any role in the decisions they make even though many consultants we hire perform surveys of residents. Therefore, it is important that after taking my survey that you send a copy of your responses - including comments - to every BOS member. Include your full name and address to ensure that your input is official.

 


What Cuts Would You Make to the Recommended 2022 Budget?
Supervisors may only have until
October 27, 2021,
to make substantial changes!

On October 18, 2021, Newtown Township Manager, Micah Lewis, presented his recommended 2022 budget to the Board of Supervisors (BOS). This was a public in-person meeting attended by all the department heads, Fire Chief, and Police Chief.

Mr. Lewis's presentation summarized the major budget items. You can download the PDF version of the his presentation.

This survey asks you to select the cuts you would support in order to reduce the originally proposed tax increase of 18%. The list of items to cut includes many – but NOT all – of the expenditures in the recommended budget. 


How Should Newtown Spend COVID-19 Relief Money?

Preliminary information related to the recently passed Federal Relief Package was released on Friday, March 12, 2021. It was announced that the 936 million dollars would be shared among local governments in Pennsylvania with populations of less than 50,000. Newtown Township’s allocation of those funds is anticipated to be $1,936,231.

This money is not to be used for daily operational costs, but rather one time funding opportunities focusing on capacity building, and infrastructure. The spending window is from 2020 through the end of 2024.

There are several suggestions and recommendations already being put forward by groups such as the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS). Listen to these podcasts: American Rescue Plan Category 1 Permitted Uses and American Rescue Plan Permitted Uses: Part 2.

This survey lists a few suggested uses of this fund and asks you to what degree you approve each of these uses.

Which uses do you think are most important?
TAKE THE SURVEY!

What Issues Are Important to Newtown Voters This Election Year?

This year, two Newtown Board of Supervisor (BOS) seats are up for election: One six-year seat currently occupied by Republican Kyle Davis and one two-year seat currently occupied by Democrat David Oxley. What are the issues that will shape the campaign to fill these seats? 

Respondents to my "Issues of Importance to Newtown Township Residents" survey rate the importance of several issues impacting the quality of life in Newtown Township such water quality, school safety, open space, overdevelopment, taxes, traffic, etc.

I have been hosting this survey for over 4 years and keeping track of how the ratings vary from year to year. A lot has happened during that time and no doubt some issues have become more important this past year. And those issues will likely influence who wins the coveted BOS seats. So let me know what you think.

Which issues are most important to you this election year?
TAKE THE SURVEY!

Should Newtown Police Department Hire Officers of Color?

At the January 13, 2021, Newtown Board of Supervisors meeting township resident Frank McCarron made a case for increased diversity in the Newtown Police Department (NTPD). Currently, all 29 or so NTPD police officers are white. Mr. McCarron suggested that all 3 officers that are planned to be hired in 2021 be officers of color.

The following audio clip from the Zoom meeting includes his comments and Chief John Hearn's response when asked by Supervisor David Oxley to respond.


Mack's Newtown Voice · Resident Challenges NTPD Chief Hearn to Hire Officers of Color

Mr. McCarron suggested that the racial profile of the NTPD should match that of the township population, which is mostly white.

However, another argument could be made that the NTPD racial profile match that of the targets of the majority of NTPD's actions: Traffic violations. The NTPD make many traffic stops on major roads - Newtown Bypass, Swamp Rd, and Stoopville Rd - that have a lot of non-resident traffic. We don't know the racial profile of that group because that information is not collected by NTPD.

This survey asks your opinion of increasing diversity in the NTPD. Please take a 5-minute survey to tell me.

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