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Manchester Services Criticism Unfounded, Mayor Says

Local taxes go further than most think, Mayor Michael Fressola says.

Submitted by Mayor Michael Fressola:

Every once in a while I will get a letter from a Manchester resident complaining that he or she gets no service for the tax money he or she pays to the township.

As luck would have it, within minutes of that complaint, I received the regular monthly “Workload Analysis” from our police department. The following information describes just some of the police department’s activity for the first eleven months of 2013.

  • Responded to 59,909 calls for service
  • 886 adult criminal arrests
  • 15,467 motor vehicle stops or contacts
  • 987 vehicle accidents
  • 6,470 first aid calls
  • 451 fire calls

In 2012, total municipal taxes collected totaled $20,552,118.  Operating a police department in the township of Manchester in 2012 cost a total of $7,485,000. This cost represented 36.4% of the total taxes collected.

I believe we operate one of the finest and busiest Senior Outreach Departments in the State, and a fantastic Recreation Department, providing activities for all residents regardless of age on a year-round basis.

We maintain our roads and parks in excellent condition; our internal staff provides excellent service on a day to day basis to all our residents.

Not a week goes by without a resident taking the time by either writing to me or calling, or stopping me somewhere in town, complimenting one of our departments for providing them with excellent service.

I no sooner completed this letter when a hand-delivered letter dropped off at Town Hall was handed to me by my secretary. The letter was dated November 15, 2013 and was dropped off on December 27, 2013. The letter referred to our “Manchester Citizen” newsletter as “junk mail” and to further quote him ”only contributes to the waste stream and robs people like me of their valuable time.”

To the author of these quotes I say, we furnished over 20,000 residents with copies of the “Manchester Citizen” and yours was one of only two complaints we received.

I sincerely hope the above information answers the question referred above.

KAREN A KINCAID January 06, 2014 at 11:47 PM
I moved in to take care of my step father 15 yrs ago, and now take care of my 80 yr old mother and 90 yr old aunt!! ( lucky me )
Patric February 01, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Taxes in Manchester!!??there is a great answer!! tax the landfill !! the landfill pays less in property tax then one block in any community in the town,( senior or PLP anywhere). As for the mayor he had his run he is not involved with the whole process anymore,town youth groups, school budget, town workers, PBA all grossly stealing in the past years. What does he do status quo does not cut it? The whole town is being over charged and under serviced. Except the landfill and large companies coming into this little town. If you want to be a big town start acting like it and take a role in everything. Time to step down Mr. Mayor thanks for your service but lets have someone that actually shows up at town meetings and takes some action in how his towns money is being spent!!There is a reason why 2 terms are allowed in politics and its called change. Let's be done excepting the wrong in this town and be part of making it right for everyone grandmas and kids.
Patric February 01, 2014 at 09:17 PM
Oh yeah you can check on the tax bill statement 10-12 houses in this town pay more in property taxes then the landfill, and it is one of the larger pieces, they should be donating more then baseball fields they should be picking up some tax relief.. You could also take a look at the tax bill for the new food stores, hardware store and other large franchise food.
Ray piacentio February 02, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Better watch what u say patric... the mayor may track you down and get his lawyers after you as he has threatned me for what i wrote.
Patric February 02, 2014 at 12:40 PM
just stating facts. all public info. I would never insult him directly I have nothing against him. I just do not agree with the way our town takes a back seat to all of the politics that goes into spending our tax money. I think most would agree that no one person should be in charge for this long it makes for to much of same old stuff being accepted. Change is good.

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