Republican County Commissioners vote no to election season smoke and mirrors
MULLICA HILL – Gloucester County Republican Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante said today that the Democrat-controlled County Board of Commissioners spending freeze resolution passed Wednesday evening is a political stunt.
“Suddenly the Democrats on the Board of Commissioners expect the hard-working taxpayer of Gloucester County to believe they are concerned with spending,” GCGOP Chairwoman Jacci Vigilante said. “The truth is they have the same polling number we have and know they are in trouble in November.”
Vigilante continued, “If the Democrats were truly concerned about saving money, they would not be spending $740,000 for ‘community outreach’ which is really nothing more than a way to get the names of Commissioners DiMarco and DiCarlo hand delivered to voters' front doors. The hiring of a new deputy business administrator at six figures would not have been approved. And, they didn’t care about a spending freeze when the budget was passed only a few months ago, when Commissioners DeSilvio and Konawel were pushing for greater relief to taxpayers.”
“To make matters worse, the passing of this resolution was obviously pre-arranged, given the fact a press conference announcing the spending freeze was hastily called only two hours before the Commissioners meeting.” Vigilante added, “They even went so far as to lock the Republican Commissioner’s aides out of the press conference.”
“When Commissioners Konawel and DeSilvio raised their concerns the County Business Administrator and the Commissioner-Director both stated, on the record, that the resolution is non-binding, which means this spending freeze is nothing more than a desperate election year stunt,” Vigilante said. “I’m proud of our Commissioners for recognizing this stunt for what it is, election season smoke and mirrors, and voting no. After Republicans win in November taxpayers will then see real savings.”