ROSELLE—The Rev. James Moore and Samantha Dow have a message for Roselle voters: we know taxes are way too high and we’re going to do something about it.
“Taxes have been a burden on Roselle homeowners for way too long,” Moore said. “That’s one of the main reasons I decided to run for Councilman at Large. There is so much more that we can be doing to stabilize the tax base.”
Moore and Dow filed their petitions for candidacy earlier this month. Moore will run for Roselle’s Councilman At-Large seat and Dow will seek re-election as Roselle’s Fourth Ward Councilwoman. Both candidates are dedicated to stabilizing property taxes, encouraging open and honest government and improving quality of life in Roselle.
The first step to stabilizing taxes is reducing unnecessary expenditures, according to Moore and Dow. If elected, the two candidates promise to seek the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars. That means saying no to special interests and working hard every year to cut fat from the municipal budget.
The next step to stabilizing taxes is a combination of aggressively seeking federal grants and encouraging business redevelopment in Roselle, according to both candidates. The grants will fund local projects and programs so Roselle taxpayers don’t have to. The business redevelopment will bring more tax revenue from Roselle’s business community, which also reduces the tax burden on homeowners.
Moore and Dow are both passionate about Roselle’s senior citizens and its young people. They want to improve programming and services for seniors and provide the borough’s youth more opportunities for academic and recreational enrichment.
“A community can be judged by how well it treats its seniors and its young people,” Dow said. “In Roselle, we’re lucky enough to have a vibrant senior citizen population and many wonderful, talented young people, but we’re not doing enough for them. We still have a long way to go. Making the community better for our seniors and our youth is one of the major goals Rev. Moore and I will pursue once elected.”
Moore and Dow also hope to increase the amount of community policing programs in Roselle. They’d like to see police officers interact with community members and work proactively toward prevention of crime. They also want to improve the borough’s infrastructure, provide better facilities and reduce flooding.
Rev. Moore is a well-known figure in Roselle, having lived his entire life in the borough. He is the pastor of Second Baptist Church on Locust Street and a former president of the Roselle Board of Education. He is a loving husband and father of five children. He is well respected in the education world, having served on more than half-a-dozen educational commissions and associations. He has been an advocate for Roselle’s seniors, youth and people in need for years.
Dow spent her first term on the council working directly to alleviate flooding in the fourth ward and as an advocate for the borough’s Seven to Seven Summer Enrichment Program. She is the co-founder and coordinator of the Roselle Rams Youth Track Club the creator of several Fourth Ward community events. She also established several programs for seniors during her first term, which residents now enjoy at the Anthony Amalfe Community Center on Schaffer Avenue.
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